Gasparilla pirates invade Tampa's City Hall | News
Tampa, Florida -- The Gasparilla pirates shot off cannons from their ship as they sailed into Tampa Tuesday to force the mayor to hand over the key to the city.
"We are going to get you mayor," shouted pirates climbing out of the ship and onto Lykes Park across the street from Tampa City Hall.
The pirates then entered City Hall to get the mayor.
"Mayor, we are here for one reason and one reason only," shouted Captain James C. Von Thron.
"The heck you are!" Mayor Bob Buckhorn shouted back.
"We are here to get the key to the city!" shouted the captain.
"Not from me you're not! This looks like my daughter's third grade class," laughed the mayor who refused to give the giant gold key to the pirates.
"We are going to protect our city with landmines, and security and Tampa police -- just don't tell these guys," the mayor said pointing at the pirates behind him.
On Saturday, the newly-decorated Jose Gasparilla ship will sail for its 60th year through Hillsborough Bay and invade Tampa.
Gasparilla director Don Barnes said the ship has new digital lights and spotlights this year that light up with cannon fire around dusk each night before the invasion on display in Tampa Bay.
This year, there are new smoke machines on the ship showcasing multi-colored lights that will appear to beam out several hundred feet giving the illusions of cannons going off the ship.
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