Don't be startled by the loud noise if you're anywhere near downtown on Tuesday.
The sound of cannon fire heralding the annual meeting of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the mayor of Tampa will go off around noon.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn will then meet with the krewe's captain and some of his finest pirate mates to discuss the advantages of surrendering the city in advance of the Gasparilla Invasion on Jan. 25.
The colorful negotiation goes down at noon on N. Franklin Street, between E. Kennedy Boulevard and Madison Street, near Lykes Gaslight Park. Spectators are invited to watch as the mayor is “respectfully escorted” through the street to meet the pirate captain.
If more than a century of tradition is any clue, the negotiations won't go well (hint: they won't), and Buckhorn will surrender the city Jan. 25 on the steps of the Tampa Convention Center (1:15 p.m.), kicking off a day of pirate partying.
The Gasparilla Invasion and floatilla is scheduled to begin Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. with the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship sailing into Seddon Channel and docking at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m.
After the customary surrender, the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will begin at 2 p.m. at W. Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, before making its way downtown.
The Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival, including live bands and fireworks in Curtis Hixon Park, will take place following the parade until 10 p.m. along Ashley Drive from E. Kennedy Boulevard to Cass Street.
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