History of Gasparilla on display at Henry B. Plant Museum

TAMPA - You can experience the rich history of Gasparilla - Tampa's oldest and most fun-loving community festival at the Henry Plant Museum.

The new exhibit Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition explores the premier party, attended by both the famous and infamous.

Tampa's visitors and local residents can enjoy viewing a wide variety of early memorabilia and original gowns worn by former Gasparilla royalty.

Of particular interest is a 1950s princess gown designed by Anne Lowe, an African American fashion designer from Tampa, famous for her one-of-a-kind Gasparilla dresses. She later gained fame when she designed and made Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses.

But don't wait, as this exhibit is only on display until February 19.

The Henry B. Plant Museum is located at 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard. Please call 813-254-1891 during normal business hours for more information or visit www.plantmuseum.com .

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