Tampa Extravaganza by Valerie Paterson

Florida, Tampa Guide (B): Tampa Extravaganza by Valerie Paterson

​New comers to Tampa Bay may be unaware 'tis a pirate's haven, but what could be more beguiling to kids than a town that revolves around these legendary time travellers? From January through May, the city is invaded by buccaneers during the Pirate Fest Stage Street Festival, the Gasparilla Parade (tons of elaborate floats and marching bands), the Outbound Voyage with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine, a thrilling reenactment of Robert Searle’s deadly raid in 1668 (complete with an authentic battle). Join the assault, and snatch up some sparkling beads and doubloons while yer at it! 

Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe is a whimsical eatery that offers eclectic cuisine, supports local artists, and features live entertainment on Friday and Soul Food Sunday nights. The creative menu reflects the personality of its chef, and is best washed down with one (or more) of the cafe’s beers, ciders, wines or specialty drinks. The quirky art collection will amuse and charm even young children. Not to mention the ‘world famous two-headed alligator of Seminole Heights’ (or a reasonable facsimile), captured by local trappers, and on display here. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Tampa Extravaganza by Valerie Paterson
Guide Location: USA » Tampa
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe   Palmer House Bed and Breakfast   Ceviche  
Author: Valerie Paterson
Read it on author's website: http://www.hundredwunders.com/blog/march-break