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Stylin and profilin skallywag Ric Flair to grand marshall Gasparilla. WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time heavyweight champion Ric Flair will be the grand marshal for the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest. This event, which takes place in Tampa, Florida, is a 4.5-mile parade that includes over 95 parade floats, 50 Krewes, seven marching bands, and the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates. Flair will lead the parade down Bayshore Boulevard and will be joined by this year’s community hero, Green Beret Sgt. Major Matt Parrish.

Truett Gardner, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Captain, said, “We look forward to having Ric’s larger-than-life personality lead this year’s festivities to an excited crowd along Bayshore Boulevard.” Steve Bonner, President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, stated, “Sergeant Major Matt Parrish exemplifies what it means to be a community hero” and “His selfless dedication to our country and his fellow service members deserves to be commended”.

(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and reserved tickets are still available for purchase at If you are in the area, don’t miss the chance to see Ric Flair and Matt Parrish lead the parade and enjoy the festivities. NewsChannel8