If you plan on visiting the coastal waters of Tampa Bay this January 27th, 2018, then you’re likely aware of the 101st Gasparilla Pirate Fest scheduled for most of that day in downtown Tampa. Whether you prefer “The Invasion” in the Harbour Island area on Saturday morning or enjoy the festivities of the parade route down Bayshore Boulevard later that afternoon, it’s important to drink responsibly or else you may end up needing a DUI defense lawyer in Tampa.
To celebrate the day inspired by pirate Jose Gaspar, we thought we would offer you some logical tips to help you avoid any trouble this Gasparilla experience.
You may be wearing an outfit this Gasparilla that inspires the phrase, “Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!” However, it’s important to remember that since the early 19th century there have been a lot of laws passed that prevent the consumption of alcohol in public places. Although certain parade zones allow the consumption of alcohol via open containers, many public places throughout the Tampa Bay area do not. It’s best to purchase alcohol at the parade from a vendor and to visit gasparillapiratefest.com for important updates on alcohol policies, prohibited items, parade crossing and parking destinations, and street closures.
Along with drinking responsibly comes acting responsibly. The Tampa Police Department will have zero tolerance for any tomfoolery from scallywags. Utilize port-o-potties if you need to use the restroom, do not provide or encourage underage drinking, and avoid bringing big coolers from home as they can be searched or requested to be removed from the parade route. By doing the right thing, you will not be forced to walk the plank.
With approximately 250,000 participants, it’s critical that you do not drink and drive. Have a responsible person as your designated driver. Be prepared for several DUI checkpoints configured around the parade area. This also goes for boating drivers as well because police boats will be closely monitoring the waters. You can always order an Uber or utilize the parade’s free cab services as well. Keep the roadways safe and don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.