A slightly different Gasparilla scene on Davis Islands
You won't see a single float on Davis Islands during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
No swashbucklers from a krewe will storm the streets.
But there's plenty of revelry regardless.
Welcome to the other side of gasparilla- kind of literally.
By 8 am channel drive was already out of parking spots as residents of the downtown suburb staked claim to their viewing spots for the invasion set to begin hours later on the other side of the body water separating Davis Islands from harbour island.
Beers are being drank. Food is being cooked.
It's a party.
"It's not as crazy as the parade but it's crazy," said Alex Bryant, 57, a resident of several years as he walked the neighborhoods asking who is throwing parties later
Boaters will cruise by all morning tossing beads to channel drives onlookers, water balloon fights will ensue and the parties won't stop until well into tomorrow morning, he said.
"Gasparilla is as much our tradition as anyone's," Said Jerry Meguir, 46. "We do it different. We don't always make it to the parade. But I think we do it better."
- Paul Guzzo, Time Staff Writer