Grace O'Malley in the News
"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
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.