About the Freebooters

The mission of Ye Westchase Krewe of Freebooters is to provide a social, leadership and charitable platform for the benefit of the community that we call home. We are here to deliver support and enhance the local spirit that already makes the Westchase area a great place to live!

During the parade season, our Krewe storms Tampa Bay aboard "The Montague" - our brand new, fully equipped, double-decker float named in honor of the very passage that leads into the heart of Westchase.

The crowning jewels of The Montague are the mermaids that sit atop her rocks, calling the pirates ashore with their siren song. Six Gasparilla Mermaids sit front and center of the float in their custom-made silicone mermaid tails.

During the "off-season", we participate in social activities in addition to fundraising events for charitable organizations such as Ocean's Daughter Conversation Alliance, Metropolitan Ministries, The Westchase Charitable Foundation and local Hillsborough County Schools.

We seek hearty Krewe members that are committed to having fun, are ready to engage with the community and are well prepared to contribute to our overall mission!


In the 16th century, when piracy on the high seas was rife in many parts of the world, one of the terms that arose to denote a pirate was the Dutch word vrijbuiter. It comes from vrijbuit ("plunder") and -er ("-er," a suffix indicating one engaged in the action). Therefore, a vrijbuiter was a "plunderer."

Vrijbuit itself consists of two parts: vrij ("free") and buit ("booty"), the booty being free, of course, because it was taken by force. The core of the word lies in buit, which is based on the verb buiten ("to plunder").

English speakers, hearing the Dutch word vrijbuiter, soon reshaped it by folk etymology into constituent parts more familiar to them. Vrij became "free," buit became "boot"(conceived either as footwear or as short for booty), and -er needed no change. Result: Freebooter - A pirate or piratical adventurer, literally a free booty'er.

Executive Board

Eric Holt
President and Captain

Greg Blackall
Executive Vice President

Sherry Napolitan
VP of Finances

Melanie Casey
VP of Communications

Thomas "Murph" Murphy
VP of Operations and Public Affairs