Gasparilla Pirate Fest

 Ho, Yo Ho, a pirate's life for us!

Ahoy Maties! It's time to get out your eye patch and pirate gear, practice a swagger, limp or squint, and prepare to capture the booty!

Yep, it's Gasparilla time! Nothing says Tampa Bay like the Gasparilla Parade. It’s Tampa’s largest party and an event like no where else! 

Check out all you need to know to celebrate Gasparilla!

Gasparilla Invasion
Presented by Ye Mystic Crewe of Gasparilla
January 29, 2022

The legendary Jose Gasparilla, a 165-foot fully rigged pirate ship built in 1954, journeys from southern Tampa Bay through the Seddon Channel (between Davis Island and Harbor Island) followed by hundreds (or thousands) of private boats as it fires it cannons. The invasion ends at the Tampa Convention Center when the Mayor of Tampa surrenders the key to the city. With the key in hand, the pirates parade down Bayshore Boulevard throwing beads and loot to excited residents who line the parade route.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Jan. 29, 2022

Celebrating the capturing of the city of Tampa, the Krewes parade down Bayshore Boulevard sharing their loot – glittering beads and treasures – with an enthusiastic crowd along the parade route.

With more than 103 elaborate floats, five marching bands and over 50 distinct Krewes, the parade begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore Blvd. It continues along Bayshore Blvd. to Brorein St., turns east on Brorein St., then north on Ashley Dr. The parade ends at Cass St. & Ashley Dr. This event is free to the public. Reserved bleacher seating is available.

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