Tampa police chief Jane Castor said she's proud that arrests connected to Gasparilla are dramatically down over the last few years, and she's expecting the same this weekend.
Speaking to FOX 13 this morning, she said new security measures are helping prevent crime and irresponsibility before it even happens. The biggest difference: Security cameras.
Police have lined Bayshore Boulevard with several security cameras that hover over parade-goers. Tampa police also received other equipment from local law enforcement in other counties, including platforms.
At all times, someone will be watching those cameras or standing on those platforms to look for trouble.
"We have a lot of eyes watching and available for us," Castor said. "Their job is to make sure they watch the crowd and make sure everyone has a safe event."
The big "invasion" of Hillsborough Bay begins at 11:30 a.m. The parade runs along Bayshore from 2 to 5:30 p.m. The parade is free, but you'll want to bring cash for things down along the parade, including parking.
Here are some of the things you can't bring:
- Styrofoam cups or containers
- Glass containers of any sort
- Advertising of an any product or service
- Tents of any sort
- Coolers - Note: Small soft-sided cooler and lunch bags are permitted for childcare needs and medical needs only.
- Fence, stakes or rope (used by spectators to reserve space for parade viewing)
- Contests or lotteries of any kind
Castor also emphasized this point as well: There will be zero tolerance for underage drinking and alcohol must be consumed only along the designated parade routes.
More info at http://www.gasparillapiratefest.com/parking.shtml
VIDEO: Click on the 1st video to see our interview with the Grand Marshal, Master Sgt. Christian MacKenzie.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
Didn't find what you were looking for?