Gasparilla 2014 had 3 felony arrests and 39 misdemeanors

9:58 AM, Jan 26, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Seven people were arrested for boating under the influence at this year's Gasparilla Parade, but police weren't just busy out on the water.

From water to land, 1,200 cops on duty throughout the day made sure not only pirates were on their best behavior.

"It was phenomenal," said one parade-goer.

A preliminary report by the Tampa Police Department shows that there were three felony arrests and 39 misdemeanors.

"Security measures were effective," said Major Michael Baumaister with the Tampa Police Department.

Major Baumaister said the extra patrols and cameras along the route allowed them to be on top of any suspicious situation.

"We had a suspicious something and we were able to deploy people quickly, and we realized it was just a cooler," said Major Baumaister.

The increased security gave party-goers a sense of relief, because as the party moved on into the night at the festival in downtown Tampa, instead of walking the plank, these pirates were able to move it on the dance floor.

"Everyone behaved."

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