Heading to Tampa tomorrow for the Gasparilla festivities? The weather should cooperate. Temps will be near 70 and there’s very little chance of any rain. The invasion begins at 11:30am. The Parade of the Pirates goes from 2pm to 5pm.

Bring your patience. It does get crowded, people get rowdy and parking isn’t easy. Gasparilla reps suggest using rideshare apps like Uber or Lyft instead. Also the streetcars will be running to and from Ybor.

Know before you go what can and can’t be brought to the parade. Organizers say you should leave these 5 things behind.

  • Tents

    No marking your spot. They want to make sure everyone can see.

  • Umbrellas

    You won’t need one anyway tomorrow. There’s only a 4% chance of precipitation according to Accuweather. Temps will start Saturday morning in the low 60s and get up to about 73 in the afternoon.

  • Bicycles

    They won’t be allowed on Bayshore on either the land or water side. They say if you plan to ride your bike, plan an alternate route around Bayshore.

  • Coolers

    They probably wouldn’t have enough staff to inspect them for buried treasures so they’re forbidden.

  • Adult Beverages

    Outside beverages will need to be left behind. Vendors will be selling them for charity though.

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