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Gasparilla 2017: Everything you need to know about the annual Pirate Fest

Grrrrrrr! Gasparilla 2017 kicks off today for month-long celebration with children's parade

  • The security for the Gasparilla Children’s parade now rivals the security for the adult parade.
  • The Parade of the Pirates begins at 2 p.m.
  • The parade will begin at Bay to Bay Blvd. and Bayshore Blvd.
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  • The McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza will kick off the Gasparilla season on Saturday, January 21.

Pirates are invading Tampa for the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest; a tradition since 1904. Pirate accents and eye patches will be aplenty and parking and traffic will be busy. Here’s everything you…

@abcactionnews: Grrrrrrr! Gasparilla 2017 kicks off today for month-long celebration with children’s parade

TAMPA, Fla. – Pirates are invading Tampa for the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest; a tradition since 1904. Pirate accents and eye patches will be aplenty and parking and traffic will be busy. Here’s everything you need to know about the annual throw-down. 

The McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza will kick off the Gasparilla season on Saturday, January 21. 

Schedule for the day:

11:00AM  – Activities open along Bayshore Blvd at 11AM.

1:30PM – Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll presented by Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Find an application here.

3:30PM – 6:00PM Children’s Gasparilla Parade driven by Chevrolet

A Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza Shuttle will operate one continuous shuttle route on January 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per adult, children accompanied by an adult ride for free. 

The shuttle will pick up at the Fort Brooke Garage, at the corner of Franklin and Whiting Street. The Whiting Street Garage will serve as overflow parking for the Fort Brooke Garage. The shuttle will travel to Bayshore Blvd. and drop off passengers near the beginning of the parade route at Bay to Bay Blvd. and the Crosstown. Shuttle info here. 

The 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Gasparilla Pirate Fest kicks off on Saturday, January 28.

The Gasparilla Invasion will start at 11:30 a.m. when the Jose Gasparilla will set sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay and travel north to Seddon Channel to dock at the Tampa convention Center at 1 p.m.

A Gasparilla Brunch will be held at the Tampa Convention Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are required for this event. Get more info here. 

The Parade of the Pirates begins at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at Bay to Bay Blvd. and Bayshore Blvd. It will continue along Bayshore Blvd. to Brorein St. turning east on Brorein St. and then north on Ashley Dr. The parade will end at Cass St. and Ashley Dr. The parade is FREE to attend. You can purchase reserved seating here.

Gasparilla 2017: Everything you need to know about the annual Pirate Fest

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