For the past two summers, I have had the opportunity to intern at Raymond James in Tampa, Florida and work with a lot of Tampa natives. They have always told me about this festival called “Gasparilla”. It typically takes place in the middle of January. I wanted to go this past year, but I was studying abroad in Barcelona. My friends and I are currently in the middle of planning out our trip down there for January 2019. This Downtown Tampa event brings people from Tampa and beyond together for an unforgettable pirate-themed celebration featuring a huge parade, live music, kid-friendly festivities, and much more. It had begun in 1904, and it is one of the country’s largest annual parades. Gasparilla attracts about 500,000 people each year. The name comes from legendary pirate José Gaspar, “last of the Buccaneers”, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th century. When Gaspar died, he supposedly left a fortune in buried treasure somewhere along the Florida coast. The treasure has never been found. It’s like Tampa’s very own version of Mardi Gras, and I cannot wait to experience it next semester.