Jan 24, 2023 - News

WWE legend Ric Flair named grand marshal of 2023 Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Rick Flair and a gaggle of pirates.

Former professional wrestler Ric Flair last year and a gaggle of pirates on a float during the Gasparilla parade in 1960. Photos: John E. Moore III/Getty Images; Karl E. Holland/State Archives of Florida

When you hear the word "swashbuckler," the first thing that comes to mind is probably 16-time professional wrestling heavyweight champion Ric Flair, right?

Good news, then. The "Nature Boy" will soon be swashbuckling down Bayshore Boulevard as grand marshal of this Saturday's Gasparilla parade.

Details: At 2pm, the two-time World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer will lead the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest β€” more than 95 parade floats, 50 krewes, seven marching bands, and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates β€” down a four-and-a-half-mile route along Tampa's famed Bayshore Boulevard.

Our thought bubble: He loves to shout, spit, fight and dress in glamorous costumes. Ric Flair will fit right in at Gasparilla.

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