Ahoy mateys! Are ye up for adventure? Do you fancy a trip with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla as we prepare to invade the unsuspecting City of Tampa and share our rich plunder with all those who dare to join us? It’s a celebration we’ve honored since 1904, and one that grows more exciting every year!
Our majestic pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla is in fine form, and we’ll be setting a course for Tampa, Florida, where we’ll land in full force on the last Saturday of January. Ye best be joinin us, or you’ll pay the price, along with all those poor souls who dare to stand in our way.
Oh it’ll be a fine day as we celebrate the Gasparilla Invasion! The fully rigged Jose Gasparilla will sail into Hillsborough Bay, cannons a-blazing, guns a-flashing, and hundreds of vessels of all sizes serving as our escort. You’ll see our bright flags a-coming from the sea, and ye best beware!
You’ll want to have a full belly that day, so join us for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, at the Tampa Convention Center, where we land and demand the key from the mayor of the city!
If you join us, yer sure to line your pockets with beads n coins n treasures we’ll be thowin’ as we triumphantly enter the city along Bayshore Boulevard in the spectacular Parade of Pirates!
That evening, you can join me and my mateys for live music and celebration at the Pirate Fest Street Festival!
So set a course for Tampa, Florida, and be prepared for great fun and high adventure! And bring yer friends, because there’s plenty of booty to share! Arrrrrgh Mateys!
Captain J. Rex Farrior, III, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla