Tony Duran, 30, stood along the parade route with his children bundled up, ready to catch beads.
The family recently moved to Brandon from Buffalo, so his 5-year-old and 3-year-old were prepared to deal with Saturday's chill.
Big brother David didn't know what to expect from his first Gasparilla parade other than "pirates" and "beads."
His younger brother Antonio sat on his dad's shoulders, eager to see the floats start coming through.
He was soon distracted by Casey Uhlmeyer, another Gasparilla newbie. But the 20-year-old Eckerd College student came prepared with her 10-month-old cockatoo, Valentine.
"I bring her everywhere," said the Missouri native.
Valentine, on a leash, posed on the kids' arms as Duran snapped photos on his phone.
Not bad for their first Gasparilla.
- Sara DiNatale