Pint-sized pirates prepare for Gasparilla Kids' parade - FOX 13 News

Pint-sized pirates prepare for Gasparilla Kids' parade

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The floats look ready, the fences look ready, even the fearsome pirates look ready.

That can only mean it's just about time for the Gasparilla Children's Parade.

"He's had this on all week, he can't wait," said Bryan Kenna, of his son Walker wearing a pirate outfit.

Fortunately, he doesn't have to wait much longer for one of his favorite times of the year. Things kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday. At 1:30, the pre-schooler stroll rolls by, then at 3:30 the popular children's parade shoves off.

"We enjoy it because its something we all do together and the kids get so excited to get all the beads," said Holly Garlick.

Drive along Bayshore and you can see it's looking the part as barricades and bleachers line the roadway. They'll be filled in no-time.

The parade is said to be the largest children's parade in the country. At least a hundred thousand people will be out there, and for the first time, the event will be broadcast live on FOX 13.

"What you're really going to see is the best Tampa has to offer culturally and entertainment wise and you're going to see it there all day and its just fun," said Don Barnes, executive officer of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Its also alcohol-free and cannon free, so nothing to fear for the little ones. Just a tons of floats, beads and pirate bounty.

Parking will be at a premium, so families are encouraged to arrive early.

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