It's the start of the biggest party of the year and it's all about the kids: The Gasparilla Children's Extravaganza snaked down Bayshore Boulevard Saturday afternoon.
The day was about kids in their best pirate outfits.
"I had it in my closet and I decided to wear it," said 15-year-old Ronderik Curtis.
And lots and lots and lots of beads.
"It's fun when people throw beads at you and you try to catch them," said 13-year-old Jakob Carter.
Some kids tried to catch as many beads as possible the conventional way. Others were a little more inventive, as 13-year-old Ryan Clark used a fishing net with a sign around it reading "hit me" to score a few beads.
"I'm doing pretty good, I got quite a lot but they fall through though," said Clark.
Tammy Curtis and her family got a great spot on the route to grab beads and have a good time. She says she does not miss a Gasparilla for anything.
"I am a fourth generation native of Tampa so Gasparilla is part of my life," said Tammy Curtis. "It's a must-do for me and my family."
Curtis is happy she has a chance to enjoy the festivities in a family friendly environment.
"It's important to have a children's parade and have it separate because I'm very comfortable being here and bringing my son, my little sister and my nephew," said Tammy Curtis. "I know that it's gonna be safe here, there's not going to be rowdy people and it makes all the difference in the world."
After the sun went down, it was time for the grand finale. There was a big fireworks show for kids of all ages to enjoy.
"The day has been wonderful and the fireworks was a perfect end to it, it's beautiful," said Stacy Hahn.
A great ending for a day full of pirate fun on Bayshore.
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