TAMPA -- Gasparilla season is upon us, and avast! You need to know where to park and where you're allowed to go to the bathroom. 

With over 300,000 spectators expected, traffic and parking can be as nightmarish as expected. 

The Gasparilla parade route will stretch from Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard and continue north along Bayshore, ending at Edison Avenue. 

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Things to know when parking:

The City of Tampa plans on placing temporary parking signs in nearby residential neighborhoods. The signs will include:

  •  No Parking and Parking by Permit Only signs will be placed Friday, Jan. 25, effective until Jan. 27. The No Parking signs will be placed in the neighborhoods west of Bayshore Boulevard. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed during this time. 
  • One-way and Do Not Enter Signs will start Friday, Jan. 25, for the pirate fest. The signs will be effective Jan. 26 from 2 p.m. until sign removal. Streets in the Hyde Park Preservation and Historic Hyde Park neighborhoods will have temporary one-way traffic signs implemented for parking and emergency vehicle accommodation. 
  • Only drivers with ID verifying residency in nearby neighborhoods will be allowed access after streets are closed. 

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Where you can park:

Let's start with docking your ship, or in this case, your car. The City of Tampa has provided handy-dandy parking maps for parade-goers for theate Fest. 

Meters south of Kennedy Boulevard and on Kennedy will be enforced from 8 a.m. until midnight.

The city has also included parking and viewing location detail along with handicap-accessible parking and viewing to persons with disabilities.

Downtown public parking facilities for the parade and pirate fest will also be available Saturday. The following parking garages will be available: 

  • Tampa Convention Center Garage (Tampa Street and Brorein Street) will open at 7 a.m., $10 per vehicle.
  • Fort Brooke Garage (Witing Street between Franklin Street and Florida Avenue) will open at 7 a.m., $10 per vehicle.
  • Poe Garage (Ashley Street, south of Cass Street) will open at 7 a.m., $10 per vehicle. Parade-goers will have limited access to the William Poe Parking Garage from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the pirate festival. 
  • Twiggs Street Garage (Twiggs Street, west of Nebraska Avenue) will open at 7 a.m., hourly rate of $1.20/hour, with a $7 daily maximum. Automated facility with pay station collecting payment on the exit.
  • Centro Ybor Garage (5th Avenue and 15th Street) will open at 6 a.m., standard hourly rate with a $9 maximum.
  • Palm Ave. Garage (13th Street and 9th Avenue) will be open at 6 a.m., standard hourly rate with $9 maximum
  • Royal Regional Lot (Tampa Street and Fortune Street) will be open at 7 a.m., $10 per vehicle

Where restrooms will be available:

Port-o-lets will be located throughout the event site, parade route on both sides of the street, near all reserved seating sections, and downtown at the pirate street fest. 

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