If you're not a seasoned Gasparilla goer, you may have some questions about what you can and can't do on Saturday. We've got information from the official Gasparilla Pirate Fest website to help you.


11:30AM: GASPARILLA PIRATE INVASION STARTS: The world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, appears at the south end of Hillsborough Bay. With other boats alongside trying to protect the city, the Jose Gasparilla moves towards the Tampa Convention Center. The Gasparilla Flotilla then makes its way north across Hillsborough Bay and into Seddon Channel, which is between Davis Island and Harbour Island.

1PM: GASPARILLA PIRATE INVASION: Pirates will invade Tampa aboard the Jose Gasparilla as they arrive at the Tampa Convention Center, docking tableside at 1pm. The best view of the invasion is at the Tampa Convention Center, where the Gasparilla Brunch is happening.

2PM: GASPARILLA PARADE OF THE PIRATES: Once the pirates have taken over the city again, they Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla celebrate with a victory parade beginning at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The parade winds 4.5 miles along Hillsboro Bay into downtown Tampa.


There will be vendors there, but can you bring your coolers, grills and bottles? Sorry, no. Glass bottles are banned under Tampa city law. Coolers are considered a safety hazard to the large crowd. And grills are prohibited.


Can you bring your pets? Again, no. Only service animals are allowed.


Here's the list of what you can't bring:

  • No styrofoam cups or containers
  • Advertising of any product or service
  • Glass containers of any sort
  • Coolers (but small soft-sided cooler and lunch bags are permitted for childcare needs and medical need)
  • Contests or lotteries of any kind
  • Grills of any kind
  • Tents of any sort
  • Fence, stakes or rope (used by spectators to reserve space for parade viewing)
  • Sampling or give-away of any product or service
  • Selling any product or service
  • Solicitation or database development of any kind
  • Vehicles of any sort
  • Weapons of any sort
  • Illegal drugs of any sort


If you gotta go, there are portable toilets along the parade route, near reserved seating and in downtown at the Pirate Street Fest site.


We have a complete list posted here.


You can ride a bike to the event site, but once you're there you have to walk them.


No tents, ropes or fencing. If you want to save space, you have to arrive early and occupy the space.

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