Tampa, Florida -- This year's Gasparilla festival provided a dose of piracy and mid-winter revelry for Tampa residents and visitors, but authorities say it also proved a more orderly event than last year.
Saturday's event resulted in 42 arrests, down about a third from last year and far below 2011. That year authorities arrested nearly 350 people.
In the wake of the Boston marathon bombings, authorities stepped up security this year, but the pirates still had time to celebrate the city's seafaring culture. For more than 100 years, Tampa has celebrated its history. The event kicked off with the arrival of the ship Jose Gasparilla, named in honor of a 19th century Spanish pirate, followed by a brunch, parades and parties throughout downtown.
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