MJ Morning Show

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Some of them had never experienced Gasparilla.

We had a blast today at Gasparilla. Earlier in the week, I mentioned on the MJ Morning Show that I would be bringing my children with me.

MJ kind of gave me the “Roxanne, what’s wrong with you?” reaction. Probably insinuating “why are you bringing your kids around all of those drunk people?” A valid point. But the kids were in awe of all of the sights, ships, and crazy people-watching. We started the day around 10:00 A.M. and boarded our boat at a pier near Gandy.

It took us about an hour to get from there to the flotilla. Once we got there, it was non-stop action. This was probably the first Gasparilla I’ve attended, as an adult, where I had zero adult beverages. I abstained all day since I had to supervise my little ones on a boat. They behaved really well and got in on all the pirate-y fun.

We didn’t take the boat all the way to the Tampa Convention Center. We backed out, turned around and then turned so we could roll alongside parts of Davis Islands and Bayshore Blvd and watch the parade from the water.

Maybe I’m just projecting since I didn’t drink, but it seemed to feel a little less crazy this year. I didn’t see many people flashing people for beads. In fact, thankfully, I didn’t see any behavior I had to shield my kids from. It was a calm, enjoyable day.

I did not take them to the Children’s Parade this year, because I knew they’d be out with us today. But next year, I plan on taking them to the Children’s Parade. Hopefully, they aren’t too spoiled by the adult version they got to experience. If you’d like, take a look at the pics from the day below.

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