More than 300 arrested at Tampa pirate festival


Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. — Authorities arrested more than 300 revelers at the annual Gasparilla pirate parade in Tampa.

The Tampa Police Department said on Sunday it had arrested 349 people, the vast majority for alcohol violations. Last year's arrest tally stood at 415.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office took in an additional 10 people for disorderly conduct or for having an open container of alcohol.

The Mardi Gras-type festival attracts around 350,000 people every year. Saturday's parade began with a memorial motorcade for slain St. Petersburg officers Thomas Baitinger and Jeffrey Yaslowitz, who were killed trying to arrest a fugitive.

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