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Gasparilla Is Around the Corner. Here’s What You Need to Know!

When is Gasparilla 2019?

Uniquely Tampa, Gasparilla is a celebration of all things pirate. More than just a pirate-themed festival, however, it’s a creative and community-driven local gala that invites all residents to enjoy the bounty of social activity, fun, food, beverage and events that Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and the entire Tampa Bay have to offer.

If you’ve never been to the kick-off event in January, this year’s celebration is a perfect time to start. You won’t be sorry you did!

What is Gasparilla?

Gasparilla is more than just a festival, it’s an ethos. Sure, it kicks off with a pirate-themed parade and then pirate-themed events follow, but it’s really a deep dive into the spirit of creativity and togetherness we enjoy here in the Tampa Bay. For that reason, Gasparilla continues into the spring with a music festival, art show and film festival.

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When is the Gasparilla Parade 2019?

This year, Gasparilla will officially kick off on January 26, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Four stages of live music and events will take place along the riverfront parks Curtis Hixon Park and MacDill Park with stages also appearing at the Sail Pavilion and Ferg’s Tampa.

Pirate Fest begins at 11:00 a.m. when the Jose Gasparilla appears in the Hillsborough Bay. The Jose Gasparilla is the world’s only functional and fully-rigged pirate ship. The celebration ends with the docking of the Jose Gasparilla at the Tampa Convention Center and the surrendering of the Key to the City of Tampa into the hands of the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla from the mayor.

Following the docking of the ship, the parade begins at 2:00 p.m. This year, over 100 floats, a handful of marching bands and several krewes will be present to entertain and interact.

pirate shaking hands with a man at the business tableWhat is the Gasparilla 2019 Parade Route?

The parade itself starts at the corner of Bay-To-Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard and works its way up Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street. From there, it heads over to Ashley Drive, finally ending at the corner of Cass Street and Ashley Drive.

The day’s festivities will conclude at 9:00 p.m.

How Much Does Gasparilla 2019 Cost?

In line with the pirate philosophy, the parade is free and open to everybody! Different venues across Tampa are offering reserved seating for the parade, so check with your favorite Riverfront location.

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