TPD officer Neipert has been watching over the end of the parade route for hours already.
"I've got the easiest gig today," he said. "I just have to watch over the disbanding and get a few folks to the Straz."
There are two showings of Cabaret at the Straz Center today, and while driving in I saw a group of well-dressed older ladies holding hands crossing Ashley Dr., just trying to get to the theater and through all of the hubbub.
Officer Neipert commented that he has already seen some female parade attendees shivering in what is basically their skivvies, and wondered why they would dress that way when the high will barely crack 60 degrees for the day.
"Just put on a sweater and have a beer!"
- Libby Baldwin
Savannah Egan, 34, admits that having a stepfather with a condo on Bayshore spoils her at Gasparilla time.
"We have our own party, booze, food and music. It's great.
"I won't say more fun, but it's more convenient to have a home base on the parade route."