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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.

7 Great Places To Eat Near Amalie Arena

Heading to a Lightning game this season or going to see a show at Amalie Arena? Here are 7 great places to eat that’s near Amalie Arena. All of these locations are within walking distance, but if you don’t feel like walking, hop on the TECO street car or use an electric scooter. Whether you’re in the mood for some bar bites, or want to sit down and have a nice dinner, here are our recommendations. Depending on the event, you may want to get to these places a little earlier (around 5p) or make a reservation to secure your spot!

Downtown Tampa is constantly changing. It seems like each week there’s a new trendy restaurant that we must try! Of course there are the staple Tampa restaurants like Hattricks. There’s also many options at Sparkman Wharf, but we narrowed that down to our favorite spot. If all else fails, you can always go to the Publix on Channelside Dr for a pub sub. This Publix location even has a bar and happy hour! Have you been to any of these places yet? Let us know your favorite on social media!

Here are our favorite 7 places to eat near Amalie Arena:

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