After capturing the city and receiving the keys from the Mayor, the pirates parade through the streets sharing their trinkets ‘n’ treasures – a time honored tradition since 1904.
The celebration continues for a month with children’s parades, night parades and a great juried art festival. A famous marathon (the Gasparilla Long-Distance Classic) is held one weekend; along with various shorter races like a 5K (separate events for the race and stroller/walk), 5+3K, 15K and a half marathon.
I thought I’d go ahead and take the plunge to run the 5K race this year. I use the term *run* loosely since I actually alternate jogging and walking – as do many of the participants. I did my first 5K walk last spring and decided to try this event this year since the weather is great here right now. I beat my walk-time by 20 minutes by adding the intermittent jogging. I was thrilled! Oh, and by the way, I might be on the couch for a few days …LOL.