"This is the real parade, the stumble parade," laughed 22-year-old Jessie Porter as he and his 6 friends made their way past the row of shops and restaurants on Davis Islands.
They were heading for the gasparilla parade route - destination: under the Davis Islands bridge.
"That's where the real partiers go," he said.
But his partying began hours ago. He and his friends were up by 6 am and driving from Land O'Lakes to a "kegs and eggs" party at Davis Islands.
They then danced along channel drive with the partiers there, he boasted, and now the parade.
"No photos," he said and then laughed, "well, maybe a mugshot later. Just kidding."
-- Paul Guzzo, Times Staff Writer
Former Hills. State Atty Paul Antinori was the same age as his 6yo grandson Blake when he went to #Gasparilla2018 for the 1st time: “It’s been the crown jewel in Tampa’s crown for eons, the Yankees knew about us from seeing pictures of pirates in the paper and they still do!” https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUkN_9mW0AAO_Oz.jpg