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Saturday, January 29, 2021

It’s Gasparilla time in Tampa again. Arrrrrr, matey!

Gasparilla rolls in at the same time every year. And somehow, it manages to sneak up on me. As does Guavaween. Do I have some sort of mental block when it comes to the local revelries? Maybe that’s why I haven’t attended either event in several years now.

Accordingly, I’m not planning on partaking in the pirate invasion today. The weather’s a prime culprit: It’s rather dank today, and isn’t expected to improve much. Aside from that, it’s generally a pain to navigate the area, find parking, etc. If I had someone to go with (or, better yet, someone who lived on or near the parade route), I might go for it. But as it is, it’s not worth it.

I do need to head over to Tampa early this afternoon. It’s not going to be particularly close to Gasparilla Ground Zero, but since I’ll be in the neighborhood — and have some beads on hand — the mood might strike me to take in the par-tay.

Or not. There’s a Studio 54-style party at the Dali Museum tonight for the closing of the “Dali & Mass Culture” exhibition. Sounds like more fun.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/29/2005 11:19:13 AM
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