The 2020 parade will begin at 7 p.m. on 7th Avenue at Nuccio Parkway. The floats, dancers and pirates will make their way about 10 blocks through Ybor City before the festivities wrap up around 8:30 p.m.
Gasparilla Pirate Festival
|Date||last Saturday in January (Parade of Pirates)|
|2020 date||January 25|
“We’re postponing the 2021 Knight Parade to Saturday, May 1 in the interest of our community’s health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Last month, Gasparilla officials pushed the day parade back to April 17.
An all-day pass is $4, which may be purchased in advance at HART retail outlets or on board buses on Gasparilla Day with cash only (no change provided). Passengers may also use their monthly bus pass. This fare does not cover City of Tampa parking fees.
Invasion starts at 11:00 a.m. | Parade at 2 p.m. Named for pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Tampa’s annual Gasparilla celebration begins with the Gasparilla Invasion.
Pirates did roam the Gulf Coast, but more myths than facts have inspired the regional folklore. Most years, as January draws to a close, pirates invade Tampa. Hundreds of boats swarm the city harbor, led by a 165-foot-long, fully rigged pirate ship.
The Tampa Police Department will be on hand checking photo IDs and bags. That means bringing your own alcohol and coolers to the parade is heavily discouraged. And styrofoam cups and glass containers are not allowed in the parade, so leave them at home.
The city of Tampa, situated on an inlet reaching far into the west coast of Florida, is the economic center of western Florida. Tampa is best known for its tourist attractions, especially Busch Gardens, where families get the thrill of an amusement park and the fun of a zoo all in one place.
The Gasparilla Pirate Fest takes place on Saturday, January 30 2021 from 9am to 9pm in Tampa. Sponsored by Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Gasparilla Pirate Fest features the 103rd Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
3:30pm – 6:00pm.
A view from the Gasparilla Island. The island is accessible by car only via the Boca Grande Causeway in Placida near the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. To get there from points south, you could take I-75 and main drag it over to the island, but it’s significantly more fun to take the road less traveled.
Route: The parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive.
The name Gasparilla was born from Jose Gaspar, a pirate who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Fond of calling himself ” Gasparilla “, Gaspar and his band of pirates lived a life of seizing and robbing merchant ships off the Gulf Coast until 1821.