Tampa’s own Ric Flair, woo!, leads the festivities at Gasparilla Pirate Fest this weekend

Ric Flair, also known as “the stylin’, profilin’, limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ and dealin’ son of a gun,” will be the grand marshal at this weekend’s 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Gasparilla parade organizers made the announcement Monday morning, adding that the 16-time professional wrestling heavyweight champion and two-time WWE Hall of Famer will be joined by Sgt. Major Matt Parrish, a Green Beret who completed multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Central and South America. On Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 2 p.m., The Nature Boy and Parrish will lead more than 95 parade floats, 50 krewes, and seven marching bands through the four-and-a-half-mile parade route along Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard.