Gasparilla in Tampa Bay

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If you have lived in Tampa Bay for any of the past 100 years you are probably familiar with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. This special time of year celebrates the legend of José Gaspar and his invasion into Tampa Bay.

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This year the Gasparilla Children’s Parade falls on Saturday, January 23, 2016. It is an alcohol-free event celebrating the return of the Gasparilla Season to Tampa Bay. The parade begins at 3:30pm, but you can arrive early to catch the preschool stroll at 1:30pm. Finish off the evening with a “Piratechnic” Extravaganza presented by McDonald’s at 7pm.

Click here for information, maps and schedules for the event.

The main Gasparilla festivities will take place on the weekend of January 29th and 30th. Friday night there will be a pre-invasion celebration in Curtis Hixon Park and the main invasion and parade will be on Saturday, January 30th! Find out more about these celebrations by clicking here.

Happy Gasparilla Everyone!

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