Campaign to keep beads out of Tampa Bay appears successful

The crews tasked with cleaning up after Gasparilla say they collected a record amount of trash, but despite finding more trash along the parade route, there were fewer beads in Tampa Bay and they don't think that happened by mistake.

70-year evolution of the Gasparilla Children's Parade

Gasparilla season officially kicks off this weekend when little pirates will invade the city. The G-rated Children's Parade is held the week before the more raucous Gasparilla Pirate Fest and has been a part of the festival's history since the 1940s.