Tampa, Florida -- The Krewe of the Nautilus had 10 VIPs on their float today -- 10 Bay area children all battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy.

The hope was to give the kids a day away from the hospital to let them just be kids again.

Also, there was a stroller parade today featuring dozens of homemade pirate ships. The winning entries were each given foam pirate swords.

The Gasparilla Day Parade is next Saturday afternoon. It traditionally attracts a crowd of up to a half million people.

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