A Buccaneer Gasparilla – Tampa Photographer Matt May

Cheerleader of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers among Downtown Tampa Revelers

Tampa’s annual Gasparilla invasion is a Mardi Gras style party where pirates invade the city aboard a massive pirate ship and then parade down the waterfront firing their guns and throwing out beads to hundreds of thousands of revelers. It’s so much a part of the city’s identity that when Tampa was awarded an NFL franchise in 1976 they were given a pirate themed logo and called the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I’ve been taking part in the celebration my whole life but this year was my first on a float in the parade. Hopefully it won’t be my last. I joined Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, cheerleaders and staff aboard their pirate ship float to photograph the revelry along Bayshore Boulevard. It was a perfect Florida winter day that was ideal for making pictures and tossing some beads to the masses. Being a Buccaneer on Gasparilla just comes naturally.

Buccaneers Safety Sean Jones mingles with fellow pirates before the start of Gasparilla
Buccaneers Running Back Legarrette Blount
Buccaneers Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn
Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard during the 2012 Gasparilla Parade

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