After years in the planning, months of preparation and attention to detail in the final days (along with the tens of millions of dollars that have been spent), Tampa is looking pretty sweet. Here are some pictures of the preparations for Tampa's big prom.
The Dance hall is ready.
The invitations have been sent and the guests are arriving.
See more pictures after the break …
Wow, there's even an official welcoming committee.
The food is hot
The king's palace is lit
Mayor Bob Buckhorn keeps referring to his party dress and ruby red slippers. He's ready for the prom as well. Every party needs a little tokenism and he is it. I wonder what it feels like to be one of the only invited Democrats in a room of 50,000 Republicans?
The party decorations are hung with care.
What kind of party would it be with no propaganda?
And even the alleged party crashers (depending on who you ask) are getting thier act together.
Romneyville, which has been around for several weeks housing those who would protest, is getting bigger by the day. A spokesman there said they expect the population to double every day before the convention.
The chaperones are at their stations
Cliff Falkenhayn is one of the many volunteers at the airport. He believes he's a natural for the job of welcoming people to Tampa because he used to work at jewelry stores in Chicago and believes he is a good schmoozer.
Now… All there is left to do is to lock out the riffraff and… Hey wait a minute?