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Climb Aboard the Country's 3rd Largest Parade

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST

 

 

Named for pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Tampa's annual Gasparilla celebration begins with the Gasparilla Invasion. Over 750 swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay aboard the majestic pirate ship "Jose Gasparilla," kicking off a full schedule of pirate-themed events.

Once ashore, the captain and his Mystic Krewe celebrate their takeover of the city with a four-mile long Parade of Pirates, unloading untold Gasparilla treasures for visitors and locals to plunder. The third largest parade in the United States, the Parade of Pirates is attended by 300,000 onlookers, many donning period-themed pirate garb.

The festivities continue into the evening at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival with live music, food and entertainment.

 


EVENT DAY INFO

Convention Center Invasion: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Parade of Pirates: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

 

Parking

Available at the Tampa Convention Center and throughout downtown, but plan to arrive early as parking fills up quickly for the event. Reserved ticket required for adults and for children over the age of two. Purchase tickets at Gasparilla Treasures™.

Route

The Jose Gasparilla sets sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay at 11:30am, sails north to Seddon Channel (between Davis Island and Harbour Island), continues north and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1:00pm.

Viewing

The best seats for the invasion are at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Convention Center. However, there are many other places in downtown Tampa – waterfront hotels, places along Davis Island and Harbour Island – to view this spectacular event!


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