Many of you know that the one thing I liked about living in Florida was the first three months of the year. It was the only time the weather got a little more comfortable, and all the outdoor festivities began.
In late January, they started with the Gasparilla Fest, which was sort of like Mardi Gras for Tampa. There is a legend about a pirate named Jose Gaspar who invaded the gulf coast of Florida and took over the city of Tampa. So, during the Gasparilla Fest, pirate ships enter the Gulf of Mexico, pretend to invade Tampa, and citizens dress like pirates. A parade follows and then a grand party breaks out in the streets. And yes, beads are thrown to all, but especially to some.
The pirate invasion and party are just the beginning of the festival season. Soon after, The Florida State Fair begins. Regular readers may have read about how my husband and I went there for our Valentine’s Day date every year. We loved going, even if just to eat the food, go to the expo hall and stroll through the historical section of Cracker Country.
This was much better than receiving flowers, going to see a chick-flick or sitting in a dimly lit, crowded restaurant with couples forcing romance. At The Fair, we laughed, ate junk food and totally forgot all about the schmaltzy, I-heart-you, manufactured holiday.
So, It’s No Fair for us this Valentine’s Day. We’ll have to find some other non-schmaltzy thing to do.
After The State Fair came the Strawberry Fest. We only went a couple of times. It was farther away, and we didn’t find it as clean or entertaining. Except, the Strawberry Fest did have some great concerts with widely known musicians, mostly country.
Next came another tradition we attended each year, The Gasparilla Art Festival. Many of you have seen the photos and read about it here during the scorching hot year, the polar vortex year, the just-right year, and the rainy year.
By late March, the weather started to get too warm. Outdoor activities were less frequent, and I cocooned myself back inside with the air conditioning.
So today was a bit of a recap and reminisce of the few good months in Florida.
How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Will you be doing anything special?
Sending heartfelt love to my blogger friends and readers of this blog.