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March 9, 2022
Take a look at our highlights from Gasparilla Festival in Tampa Florida USA.
Special thanks to our new distributors RNDC and The Loyal Krewe Of Grace O Malley for showing us the ropes for our first year at the festival.
We can’t wait to celebrate with you all next year, keep an eye out for Grace O Malley in Tampa FL this St. Patricks Day!
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Annostoshia Dutko is Feeling Cool at Gasparilla
Tampa - February 28, 2022 2:03 PM
The GasparillaParade episode was featured on CNBC last week! They loved it so much, it was picked up to air again on Bloomberg TV next month!
This Saturday, March 5th at 7:30pm on Bloomberg TV, Tampa is national prime time baby.
Don't miss the entire episode of all the people, places & BEADS that makes Tampa the city of Limitless Possibilities!
Thank you again to all the Krewes featured who let me ride along on this special episode of Financing The American Dream!
Gasparilla’s first all-female Krewe celebrates its 30th anniversary
By: Robert Boyd
Posted at 4:54 AM, Jan 28, 2022 and last updated 3:56 PM, Jan 28, 2022
TAMPA, Fla. — This year Gasparilla’s first all-female Krewe celebrates its 30th anniversary. During that time, the Krewe of Grace O’Malley has grown to more than 350 members and multiple generations.
They continue to prove, year after year, that women can be pirates, too.
“For little girls to see that and to grow up to want to be that you couldn’t ask for anything better, what a role model, we have a Krewe full of them,” said Karla Graziano.
Graziano is so proud of their newly refurbished float, Rockfleet, named after one of the castles Grace O’Malley lived in.
“Grace O’Malley was an Irish pirate back in the 1600s which is why we wear the dresses we wear,” said Graziano.
For Jeanne Rowe, riding on a float like this was once only a dream. Read more.
ALL-WOMEN KREWE TAKES OVER TAMPA'S GASPARILLA PARADE OF THE PIRATES
A women-led krewe plots a mutiny against Tampa this month.
American Way by Susan B. Barnes - January 2020
Most townspeople dread a pirate invasion, but for the past 105 years Tampanians have welcomed the skull-and-crossbones types for the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates (Jan. 25). Of the 60 krewes commandeering Bayshore Boulevard this month, the Ye Loyal Krewe of Grace O’Malley is perhaps the most interesting.
Inspired by the real-life 16th-century Irish pirate Grace O’Malley, Tampa’s over-300-strong all-women pirate krewe is believed to be the first of its kind, challenging the male-dominated storybook archetypes of Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook and Blackbeard. “It’s so much fun,” says member Lady of Grace Anne Bartlett. “It’s the closest to being a rock star you’ll ever be.”
Channel 10 News Celebrates Tampa Bay December 2019
Hockey, wedding and heavenly condemnation — this year’s Gasparilla wasn’t the usual
Ye Loyal Krewe of Grace O’Malley, Gasparilla’s first all-female krewe, marked its 25th anniversary in the parade Saturday at a time when the #metoo campaign has drawn huge attention to the problem of sexual harassment.
While pirate culture has a history of demeaning and sexualizing women, krewe head Kimberly Anderson said her group of more than 300 women has found power in their presence and charity work.
"I would never do anything other than be with my krewe, with my ladies, on this day," she said, donning her customized red velvet Elizabethan garb. "To me, it’s better than Christmas." She also noted that unlike the all-male Ye Mystic Krewe, the O’Malley Krewe is based on a real historical figure.
"Grace O’Malley was an extremely brave woman," Anderson said. "Her father, a pirate, forbade her to go with him, but she cut her hair as a teen, dressed like a boy and stowed away as a pirate." Read More
Published: January 26, 2017
TAMPA (FOX 13) - Some children who were too sick to go to the Gasparilla Children's Parade last weekend got help from local krewes to hold the 14th Annual Gasparilla Parade at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Friday.
Pirates from seven Bay Area krewes arrived with beads in hand to help young patients invade the hospital hallways.
Pediatric patients dressed as pirates rode their floats, which were actually decorated stretchers and wheelchairs, on the special parade route. They gave out beads and goodies to hospital staff and other patients along the way. Read More
Published: August 25, 2017
GiGi's Playhouse Tampa
Plans to open Gigi's Playhouse Tampa have moved swiftly since Ye Loyal Krewe of Grace O'Malley adopted the national Down's Syndrome achievement center as their charity-of-the-year. Team leader Nicki Rawlings will soon offer 40 therapeutic-based language, math, motor and social programs for all ages, even mothers with a prenatal diagnosis, delivered by volunteers for no charge.
On Monday, the krewe sold out a private screening of The Infiltrator at CineBistro Hyde Park, followed by a Q & A with Robert Mazur a retired federal drug agent, as is Rawlings. His undercover investigation inspired the film starring Bryan Cranston who signed a DVD, poster and a copy of Mazur's book for a silent auction, sold to top bidders Bill and O'Malley '08 Connie Hogan. Read More