TAMPA, Fla. — Ahoy mateys! Are ye ready for the 103rd invasion of the pirates? Well, get ready Tampa Bay, as the krewes have set sail and will be taking the key to the city on Saturday, January 25.
Argh…but first, here is everything you need to know for Gasparilla 2020 – the United States' third-largest parade.
Perfect for the lil’ pirates is Children’s Gasparilla. This alcohol-free event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 from 3:30-6 p.m. with some events beginning at 11 a.m. Having been part of the Gasparilla festival since 1947, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade takes place along Bayshore Boulevard, using the same route as the main parade. While attending the parade is free, reserved seating tickets ($42-135) are available here.
Parking is available throughout downtown Tampa in various garages + lots with a special event parking rate. Find the map here. A shuttle – running from Fort Brooke Garage at the corner of Franklin + Whiting St. and delivering to Bayshore Boulevard. – will operate from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the day of the event with a cost of $10 per adult (children accompanied by an adult are free). There will be a free trolley running on a continuous loop picking up/dropping off attendees at the intersections of Platt Street + Bayshore Boulevard and Rome Avenue + Bayshore Boulevard.
If you want to drop the booty a little early and celebrate, there are various pre-parties that are too hype to skip.
Green Drinks Tampa // Thurs., Jan. 16 // 5:30-7:30 p.m. // Tampa Bay Rum Co., 2102 East 4th Ave. // Free, Register
🏴☠️Gasparilla Parade of Pirates
Make way!! At last, ye great invasion is here. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the Jose Gasparilla will set sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay as it heads north to Seddon Channel and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m. Pick your spot to watch (some spots are free, some can be reserved by ticket purchase). Pro-tip: Parking will be tricky for there will be many street closures, so making a plan in advance is best -- taking a Lyft, Uber or rideshare is strongly suggested.
Once ashore, the krewes will celebrate their takeover from 2-5:30 p.m. with the four-mile-long Parade of Pirates, which will begin at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard – as it continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street., turning east on Brorein Street., then north on Ashley Drive. The parade will end at Cass Street + Ashley Drive. Full map here.
Don’t forget that an expansion of the parade will continue with the Pirate Fest presented by Bud Light Seltzer with stages along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa. Live entertainment will be popping pre-and-post-parade in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and MacDill Park.
To keep from walking the plank, be sure to view this list of banned items to avoid becoming a scallywag and being thrown overboard (or end up in jail). And for those wondering, yes, 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.
Sant’ Yago Knight Parade // Sat., Feb. 8 // 4-11 p.m. // Ybor City // Free
Gasparilla Distance Classic // Feb. 22-23 // Tampa // Register, $40-265
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts // Feb. 29-March 1 // Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park // Free
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