TAMPA - The Sunday after the Gasparilla day parade, people in neon colored vests took the place of pirates on Bayshore Boulevard.
"A lot of people didn't really care to pick up their trash, or put it in the trash cans that are around here," said USF student Jessica Cook.
About a 100 volunteers, joined with the Florida Aquarium and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, came together to help clean up what street sweepers missed.
"Someone I guess didn't want this chair anymore," said Cook as she picked up a broken chair.
It's the second year the Aquarium has led the effort. Adam Duff, the manger of volunteer services at the Florida Aquarium, said the city does do a good job, but they want to make sure no trash finds it's way into the water.
"We're going back with a fine tooth comb trying to pick up any potential plastic or items that can get in the bay that can harm wildlife," said Duff.
Beer cans, plastic bottles and even plates could be seen floating in the water. Across the way Winstina Henri fought her own battle with the litter.
"There are feathers all over the place and everything I try and pick up a feather and put it in the bag it just kind of floats back out," said Henri.
A rainbow of feathers stood out in the grassy medians. After awhile Winstina developed a working method.
"You have to just shove it all the way in the back or it will just fly back out," she said.
It is a labor of love for the volunteers. Winstina and her friends from the USF service club CKI were left in disbelief over the mess, especially since they did not attend Gasparilla.
"I just like to help out. I just like to volunteer and I don't like to see like trash all over the place," said Henri.
She and her friends hope their efforts will encourage others next Gasparilla to be more careful about what they leave behind.
"I wish they would have picked it up because they could be killing animals, but that is why we are here to help," said Cook.
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