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Pirates will remain on the waters of Tampa Bay for 2021.

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG) and EventFest made the announcement Tuesday morning that the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates and the Children’s Gasparilla parade have been cancelled.

According to a press release, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Captain Peter Lackman said, “We hoped to safely and effectively hold Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay and Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, but believe it is our community’s best interest to refrain from hosting festivities this year.”

The Gasparilla Parade of Pirates was scheduled to take place on April 17 but likely won’t happen until Jan. 29 of next year. The children’s parade will be the week before.

The closing event, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage, is now scheduled to take place on Feb. 26, 2022.

Tickets for the 2021 Children’s Gasparilla and Gasparilla Pirate Fest are eligible for a refund, or ticket purchasers can elect to roll over a credit on their account to 2022 festivities. For more information, click here. 


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