The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is happening at the end of the January, so here are all the main details. The invasion and parade is happening on Saturday, January 28th in Tampa. The invasion is where the pirate ship called the Jose Gasparilla, emerges at the south end of Hillsborough Bay followed by hundreds of boats. That happens from 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Then it is time for the Parade of Pirates, which happens from 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. The parade begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore Blvd. It continues along Bayshore Blvd. to Brorein St., turns east on Brorein St., then north on Ashley Dr. The parade ends at Cass St. & Ashley Dr. The parade is completely free to attend. There is reserved bleacher seating available, but that you will need to purchase.
The Gasparilla Pirate Fest will also have two stages with live entertainment pre and post parade in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and MacDill Park.
The Gasparilla Children’s Parade is happening the week before the big parade on Saturday, January 21st. It will be happening from 12 P.M – 7:30 P.M. There will be a daytime and a nighttime air invasion and fireworks happening at the end of the parade.