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Old 01-15-2013, 11:00 PM
 
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Have you been to this? I was wondering if your kid liked it an if it is worth buying tickets for or not, because supposedly you can also see it for free.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Buying tickets for an area that has bleachers and private bathrooms is worth it if you like those conveniences. If not, just grab a lawn chair and enjoy.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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Have you been to this? I was wondering if your kid liked it an if it is worth buying tickets for or not, because supposedly you can also see it for free.
It's pretty cool, if you are not within walking distance, parking is a drag. I never had to buy tickets, you can usually find a spot fairly easy. I think anyone that moves to Tampa with kids should go at least once, the only downside for me is the overabundance of d-bags and their female counterparts that even though is an alcohol -free event sit there with a cooler because they can't spend one day with their family without drinking.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Any tips for a newbie on where to park and where's the best spot to go? I'd like to take my 3 kids there to check it out since we just moved here.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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Any tips for a newbie on where to park and where's the best spot to go? I'd like to take my 3 kids there to check it out since we just moved here.
The parade starts at Bay to Bay /Bayshore, which is also a good entry point, it starts at 330, you probably want to shoot for 2pm otherwise the traffic will get you, I havent driven to it in 3 yrs, but typically if you drive down macdill towards bay to bay you will see a bunch of parking signs you can expect to pay $15 to $20 judging by the signs i see around.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:37 AM
 
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Weather for today:

While the 80s are gone for a while, temperatures will be seasonal with highs in the the low 70s with times of clouds and sun. Take an extra layer with you if you're attending the Gasparilla Children's Parade from 3:30pm-6pm in Tampa because winds off the Bay could feel a bit cool to the little ones.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:13 PM
 
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Well it turned out to be a blast for the kids. Who wouldn't enjoy watching parade and having colorful beads tossed at them to wear and candy also. I think each of my kids must've collected like a hundred beads each. We decided to forgo the fireworks this year but could see it become an annual tradition to make the trek. It's great there's a separate kids event this week as I presume next week is a bit more boisterous adult crowd.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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I've been on a krewe for dozens of parades, and the children's parade was one of the best I've ever attended. It ran like clockwork, the crowds were absolutely huge, and everyone was friendly and having a good time.

I belatedly apologize to anyone who I drilled in the head with beads.
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