Is Gasparilla Pirate Fest free?
Yes, Gasparilla is a FREE community event with over 100 years of history in Tampa
Bay. Visit the Event History page.
Reserved seating is available for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch
at the Tampa Convention Center, the Children’s Gasparilla
Parade and the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates. Visit the Tickets
'n' Treasures page
Can I purchase alcohol at the festival?
Beer along with Captain Morgan Rum and cola is for sale and can
be purchased at one of several Gasparilla Charity Beer Gardens
located throughout the event. You must be 21+ and you must
present a valid photo ID. 100% of the net revenue supports local
Tampa Bay area charities, and the event is proud to have contributed
over $300,000 to these charities over the past five years.
Are there any ATMs in the festival site?
There are mobile ATMs located throughout the parade route as well as a few banks
and merchants close to or within the event site. Please note that charity
beer gardens and event vendors accept cash only .
BANNERS & SIGNS
Can I hang a banner or sign along the parade route or
at the Street Fest?
Unless officially licensed and approved by the Event, banners and
signs are prohibited. Police, event security and event staff
will remove banners and signs that are not approved. These
items will not be returned to the owner.
No banners or signs may be placed on the Bicycle Rack or fence
that lines the parade route, as it interferes and blocks the view
of the parade.
Can I ride a bicycle to the event?
Bicycles are allowed for transportation to the event site, however
within the event street closure cyclists must walk with their bikes. The
event site is very crowded with pedestrians, including small children.
Do not leave your bicycle unattended and do not lock to private
or city property.
Gasparilla Pirate Fest is managed and promoted by EventFest,
you can’t find the answer to your
Gasparilla Pirate Fest question on the website, please contact
Phone: (813) 251-8844 – open M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.
Please be patient, as the call volume is extremely high in January.
Address: EventFest, Inc.
Attn: Gasparilla Pirate Fest
1200 W. Cass Street, Suite 110
Tampa, FL 33606
For reserved tickets, please visit the Tickets
'n' Treasures Web Shop.
City of Tampa
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How do I become a corporate sponsor of Gasparilla Pirate
Gasparilla is one of the largest community celebrations in the
country, and remains a free event thanks to the support of Ye Mystic
Krewe of Gasparilla and the Event’s corporate sponsors. If
you are interested in supporting Tampa’s historic celebration,
please submit the information found on the Sponsor
Are there any special services for disabled patrons?
There is parking for a fee and free parade viewing for disabled patrons is
located in downtown Tampa at the intersection of Ashley Drive and Brorein Street. Disabled vehicle permit is required. Parking
for this area is under the Crosstown Expressway, between Tampa Street and Ashley Drive. This
area opens at 11 a.m. on Parade Day. Parking is limited and
is available on a first come, first served basis. This area is
monitored by the Tampa Police Department. Note: There are
no seats or bleachers in this reserved area.
In order to ensure accommodation for as many disabled patrons as possible, the number of guests per disabled patron is limited to three people.
Disabled patrons can be accommodated in reserved parade seating
sections along Bayshore and/or at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch
at the Tampa Convention Center. To order, visit Tickets
'n' Treasures or
call 813-251-8844. Please notify your ticket representative
of any special needs.
DOCKING MY BOAT AT GASPARILLA
Can I dock my boat at Gasparilla?
Docking space in and around downtown Tampa for Gasparilla is extremely
limited. Boaters attempting to “come ashore” along
the Bayshore Boulevard balustrade or any other property without
a permit are strictly prohibited. There is limited docking space
available at The Tampa Convention Center or in the Marina area
along Bayshore between Platt Street and the Davis Island Bridge,
available through the City of Tampa Parks Department (Phone: 813-259-1604).
Are there fireworks at Gasparilla?
The Gasparilla Extravaganza annually
features one of the largest fireworks presentations in the country – The “Piratechnic” Extravaganza.
This show is launched
from barges centered off of the intersection of Howard and
Bayshore in South Tampa. The show is choreographed to music –which can be heard over speakers along Bayshore
Boulevard from Bay to Bay to Rome.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Can I bring my own food and beverages?
There are over 100 Food, Beverage and Novelty vendors located throughout
the event site for your convenience. We ask that you support
our officially licensed vendors, as they contribute a portion of
their revenue to offset production costs of this great community
While you are permitted to bring in your own snacks and non-alcoholic
beverages, please keep in mind that glass containers and coolers
are not permitted for safety reasons. Glass containers
are prohibited by City of Tampa ordinance, and bulky coolers are
a safety hazard in large crowds. Small soft-sided coolers and lunch
bags are permitted for childcare needs and medical needs. Grills,
other than those owned by official food vendors, are prohibited
within the event site. Please help our environment and do not use or bring styrofoam cups/containers to the event.
FUTURE EVENT DATES
Gasparilla Pirate Fest is the last Saturday in January.
Extravaganza is the next to last
Saturday in January, and the week prior to the Gasparilla Pirate
Future Event Schedule:
January 23, 2016 – Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza
January 30, 2016 – Gasparilla Pirate Fest
January 21, 2017 – Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza
January 28, 2017 – Gasparilla Pirate Fest
GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC
For information, please call (813) 254-7866 or visit www.tampabayrun.com .
GASPARILLA INVASION AND FLOTILLA
Can I participate in the Gasparilla invasion Flotilla?
Boats larger than 65’ in length must have dock space secured
and must also be permitted to participate in the Gasparilla Invasion
of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. For
more information, call the Krewe’s office at (813) 251-4500
Boaters should download the USCG regulations HERE.
Are there any boating safety rules, regulations and/or
guidelines for Gasparilla?
Yes! About 40 law enforcement vessels will be on the water,
including boats from the Coast Guard, Tampa Police Department,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Hillsborough
County and Pinellas County sheriff's offices.
PLEASE HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER ON YOUR BOAT. Impaired
boaters will have their vessel towed unless there is someone onboard
who can operate it.
Heightened boating regulations in place during Gasparilla
- Personal watercraft and vessels without motors are barred
from the invasion and along the invasion route, which is an idle-speed,
- Anchoring and loitering is prohibited along the route or within
the Seddon Channel turning basin.
- Northbound vessels longer than 80 feet without mooring arrangements
are prohibited from entering Seddon Channel between 9 a.m. and
- A staging area has been established for participating vessels
just east of Ballast Point and the Tampa Yacht Club. Only registered
participants can enter the area from 9 a.m. until the last vessel
in the flotilla leaves the zone.
- Vessels are barred from the
zone from 1 to 2 p.m. Anyone
seeking latitudes and longitudes for safety and security zones
can call the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office at (727) 824-7598.
GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
For information, please call (813) 876-1747 or visit www.gasparilla-arts.com
Can I ride my own golf cart?
Insurance requirements will not allow golf carts within the event
site unless licensed and permitted by the festival office. Only
golf carts used by authorized festival staff and vendors will be
granted permits. Authorized event golf carts cannot and will
not be used to transport unauthorized individuals.
Where should I report or find lost children at the event?
Lost children should be reported to and/or turned over to the nearest
police officer. The officer will contact Event Police Command and
all officers on site have contact with Event Police Command.
LOST & FOUND
Where should I turn in a lost item?
Onsite, lost items may be turned over to the nearest police officer
or to any Event Staff at the event. After the event,
lost items may be retrieved by calling the Gasparilla Ticket office
in Tampa 813-251-8844.
Where can I report or recover a lost item?
After the event, lost items may be retrieved by calling the Gasparilla
Ticket office in Tampa 813-251-8844.
Can I cross Bayshore during the parade?
Due to safety concerns, it is strongly advised that event
guests get to their seats early, and cross Bayshore prior
to the start of the Parade. Event guests with Reserved Parade
Seating may be allowed to cross Bayshore at Reserved Parade
Seating gates and ONLY when there is a break in the parade lineup
as permitted by the gate security officer. Gate security will escort
guests across the street ONLY when allowed by Police / Sheriff
IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE EVENT IF YOU ARRIVE
LATE AND CANNOT GET TO YOUR SEATS DUE TO THE PARADE HAVING
What is this year’s parade lineup?
The lineup for the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates is released
by the Gasparilla Parade Committee in mid-January each year. This
line-up will be available on the Event site and is published in The
Tampa Tribune’s special Gasparilla Tabloid, which is distributed
in full circulation on the Thursday before the Gasparilla Extravaganza,
and also available on TBO.com, key word Gasparilla.
PARKING & Transportation
For information regarding parking, transportation and disabled parking, please
visit the Parking page. And, download this handy reference map (pdf).
With the additional parking in north downtown, the new parade route up Ashley, and the expanded Ybor Street Car, there will not be a shuttle for Gasparilla 2015.
PARTICIPATE IN PARADE
How can my Krewe, company or school participate in the
The Gasparilla Parade Committee reviews all applications and selects
all the participants for the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates each
year. The application deadline is in August prior to the event. For
an application, please contact the Gasparilla Parade Committee
at (813) 251-4500.
If you are interested in participating in the Children’s
Gasparilla Parade, please visit www.GasparillaExtravaganza.com for
information and to download the official application.
How can my band perform at the Street Fest?
If you are interested in performing on one of the Street Fest stages,
please submit your demo kit to EventFest
via mail, Attn: Gasparilla Pirate Street Festival, 1200 West Cass Street, Suite 110 Tampa,
FL 33606. Or, email to email@example.com
Can I bring my pet to the festival?
Due to the size of the crowd and the nature of the event, we
strongly encourage you to leave your pets at home! The
event site is too crowded and is not a conducive environment for
animals. Pets (with the exception of animals assisting the
handicapped) are prohibited at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch in
the Tampa Convention Center or in the reserved bleacher seating
sections for the Parade of the Pirates.
Unless licensed, permitted and identified in writing
by Event Staff, the following items are prohibited within the
- No styrofoam cups or containers
- Advertising of an any product or service
- Glass containers of any sort (City Ordinance)
- Coolers – Note: Small soft-sided cooler and lunch bags
are permitted for childcare needs and medical needs only.
- Contests or lotteries of any kind
- Tents of any sort
- Fence, stakes or rope (used by spectators to reserve space
for parade viewing)
- Sampling or give-away of any product or service
- Selling any product or service
- Solicitation or database development of any kind
- Vehicles of any sort
- Weapons of any sort
- Illegal drugs of any sort
Does Gasparilla Pirate Fest have a recycling program?
Yes, beginning in 2007, Gasparilla Pirate Fest goes “Green” with
the help and support of Anheuser Busch Recycling, Busch Gardens,
Sea World, the City of Tampa Solid Waste and EventFest, Inc.. Look
for specially marked recycling containers at strategically placed
locations throughout the event and help Gasparilla go "Green."
Where are restrooms located along the event site?
Port-o-lets are located throughout the event site: along the parade
route on both sides of the street, near all reserved seating sections,
and in downtown at the Pirate Street Fest.
What are the street closures for the Event?
Information on the street closures and the parking and traffic
plan for the Gasparilla event is best found via the City of Tampa’s
Special Event Office website by CLICKING HERE, or
by calling 813-274-8750.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes, strollers are allowed. In reserved seating sections,
strollers must be stowed under the bleachers or in a non-obstructive
area on ground level.
Can I rent a stroller at the festival?
There are no strollers for rent at the festival.
Can I put up a tent, or reserve an area with rope or
Tents of any kind or reserving an area with rope or fencing is
strictly prohibited. You may “reserve” viewing space
along the parade route in designated areas by arriving
after dawn) and physically occupying the desired space. You
are welcome to bring a chair or blanket.
With many event guests arriving well in advance of the parade,
an alternative way to reserve your seating along the route is by
purchasing a reserved bleacher seat. Please visit the Tickets
'n' Treasures section
of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest website for more information.
How can I become a food or novelty vendor?
All vendors must follow the official application process. Please
see the vendor inquiry page. Persons trying to operate
a vending location without an official Gasparilla vending permit
will be shut down by city Code Enforcement.
Are there opportunities to volunteer at the event?
From time to time, there may be volunteer opportunities at Gasparilla
Pirate Fest. If your group is interested in being notified
about these opportunities, please email your contact information
to firstname.lastname@example.org .
What happens if it rains?
The pirates will invade and the parade will march on even in
the rain! However, if there is a severe or dangerous weather
situation during the event, that threatens the safety of Gasparilla
participants or guests, EventFest, in coordination with Ye Mystic
Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa, reserves the right
to cancel the parade.
Are wheelchairs available at the festival?
There are no wheelchairs for loan at the festival. Please
plan to bring your own wheelchair.