There are so many reasons to love Tampa, but one that sets this city seas apart from others is their annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival. They have two parades on two separate weekends. One is kid centric and is a true joy for the kids to get into the spirit of all things Pirate! Next, there is the adult parade which happens on the following weekend (this year the adult parade is on January 25th). Jose Gasparilla comes through the channel via the Hillsborough Bay and invades the city, the rest you will have to come see for yourself. ARGH!