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The Official Gasparilla Mermaids to Visit Westchase!

On July 29 Ye Westchase Krewe of Freebooters will introduce their renowned mermaid team and welcome new members for next season.

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As part of local recruitment efforts, Ye Westchase Krewe of Freebooters has announced plans for their mermaid team to visit the Westchase community this month. “We want Westchase to know who we are and what we stand for. Part of this effort is to introduce our iconic mermaid ambassadors to the community. We encourage everyone, both adults and children, to stop by for a great photo op and to learn more about our organization,” said Eric Holt, president and captain of the krewe.

The year 2017 marked Westchase’s establishment of its very own Gasparilla krewe. “The individuals joining our krewe want to be more than just socially active here in Westchase – they also want to do great things for our community,” said Holt. “We are making some big capital investments so that we can welcome even more people into the fold.”

Holt referred to the new double-decker parade float going under construction this fall, which will carry more than 70 krewe members and staff into several parades each year. “The parades are great fun, of course, but we’ll soon be just as well known for what we contribute to Westchase outside of the parade season,” Holt added.

One thing that distinguishes the Westchase krewe from the nearly 60 other parade krewes in the Tampa Bay area is the mermaids, who also claim title as the official Mermaids of Gasparilla. The mermaids lead the krewe’s float during each parade.

The krewe is promoting the Westchase Meet and Greet as a family event, and the mermaids will be in full role, complete with their beautiful aquatic tails. “Our mermaids are professionals, and they love to interact and take photos with the crowd. It’s especially enjoyable to see very young faces light-up when they meet them – they really look and act the part extremely well!” said Holt.

The krewe has also organized a Westchase pub crawl following the event. Details and invitations will be available at the mermaid meet and greet.

Freebooters Social and Mermaid Meet and Greet

Date: Saturday, July 29
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard
Other: Food and refreshments will be served

For more information about Ye Westchase Krewe of Freebooters, visit or call Captain Eric Holt at (813) 727-2019.

By Eric Holt


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