Gasparilla Festival c1950

This is a bi-fold Gasparilla Festival brochure. It’s undated, but likely comes from around the early 1950s. It tells the fascinating and remarkable history of José Gaspar, one of the last “buccaneers to sail the Spanish Main.”

Begun in 1904, The Gasparilla Festival of Tampa is one of the oldest regular events that is held in Florida. Think of Mardi Gras or Carnival and you’ll have an idea of the style of the celebration.

Spoiler alert: There is no evidence that he actually existed. Not that that is important nor even relevant when it comes to celebrating the festival which now has an ancient (for Florida) history.