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Ye Westchase Krewe of Freebooters Christen New Float

If you were in Westchase Town Center on Jan. 6 and thought you saw a giant pirate ship, rest assured. Your eyes were not deceiving you.

Members of the Ye Westchase Krewe of Freebooters were on hand that day to pose with their new parade float, dubbed “The Montague,” outside of the Seafood Exchange restaurant.

About 50 krewe, family and friends came out to get their first look at the new float, which was recently completed following months of design and construction. The float made its debut during the Gasparilla Children’s Parade on Jan. 20.

For those who are interested in seeing the float in all its glory, The Montague is scheduled to take part in the Krewe of Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade on Feb. 10 in Ybor City and the Rough Riders’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 in Ybor City.

The Freebooters’ mission is to provide a social, leadership and charitable platform for the benefit of the community that it calls home. They are also committed to enhancing the level of local support and spirit that already make Westchase great.

During the parade season, the Krewe storms Tampa Bay with their beautiful mermaid team – the official Mermaids of Gasparilla. In the “off-season,” the Krewe also participates in regular social activities in addition to fundraising events associated with their chosen charities.

Among other things, in December the Freebooters participated in Santa’s Pre-Flight Parade in which the krewe entered a smaller float. That event helped bring Santa to Westchase, where he collected thousands of presents for needy children in Tampa Bay.

If you are interested in being a guest on the Freebooters float for an upcoming parade, email freebooterskrewe@gmail.com

By Melanie Casey

Photos appear courtesy of Nathalie Kobel and other generous Westchase Freebooters.

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