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For more information contact: Don Barnes, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla 813-251-4500

January 26, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FINAL – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAPTAIN, QUEEN AND PIRATES TO SHARE GASPARILLA TREASURES WITH LOCAL HOSPITALS ON TUESDAY ...

Tampa, FL - January 26, 2015: On Tuesday, January 27th, the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and select groups of his most decorated pirates (Gaspar’s Grenadiers) will visit local hospitals in the Tampa Bay area sharing treasures with hospitalized children and pediatric care staff. This visit occurs annually in preparation of Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Celebration.

The Captain (J. Rex Farrior, III) will visit All Children’s Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, and Pepin Academies, and he and his mates will provide beads and other treasures from Gasparilla’s founding organization.

The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will have special treasures to share with the children and staff, including beads, cannonballs, activity books and other exclusively YMKG produced pirate throws.

The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will visit the following hospitals between 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m.:

Tampa General Hospital …..…… 9:00 a.m.
All Children’s Hospital …..……. 9:30 a.m.
Pepin Academies ……………..… 9:30 a.m.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest … featuring the Gasparilla Invasion, Parade of the Pirates and Pirate Fest is scheduled to begin on Friday January 30th with a Gasparilla Charity Concert featuring The Commodores, with Special Guest Atlanta Rhythm and Daniel B. Marshall. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with General Admission Tickets $30 each, available from www.GasparillaTreasures.com or by calling (813) 251-8844. Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues on Saturday, January 31st with the Invasion at 11:30 a.m. and the Gasparilla Parade beginning at 2 p.m. on Bayshore Boulevard from Bay to Bay to downtown Tampa. Event Details are found at www.GasparillaPirateFest.com

Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Invasion and Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates have been presented annually since 1904 by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

 

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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
For more information contact: Don Barnes, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla 813-251-4500

January 26, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PIRATES WILL BE HEARD IN ADVANCE OF THEIR
REQUEST FOR THE MAYOR TO SURRENDER THE CITY

Tampa, FL - The Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, accompanied by an elite corps of his finest mates, are planning to visit downtown Tampa on Tuesday, January 27th, arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. accompanied by the customary theatrical noise props (cannons) to “discuss” with Mayor Bob Buckhorn the advantages in surrendering the City of Tampa in advance of Saturday’s historic Gasparilla Invasion. The actual negotiation is rumored to begin around noon, with the Mayor respectfully escorted to meet up with the Captain on Franklin Street, between Kennedy and Madison.

The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest begins on Friday evening, January 30th with the inaugural Gasparilla Charity Concert and Pre-Invasion Celebration in Downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park featuring The Commodores, with Special Guest Atlanta Rhythm Section. Tampa’s historic Community event continues on Saturday, with the Gasparilla Invasion, scheduled for 11 a.m. with the Jose Gasparilla docking tableside at the Tampa Convention Center’s Invasion Brunch at 1 p.m. Following the Mayor surrendering the key to the City at approximately 1:15 p.m., the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will begin at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has presented Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates since 1904.

Media parking will be available on the north curb of Kennedy, between Franklin and Florida.


2015 GASPARILLA RAIDING PARTY
Tuesday, January 27, 2015


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

11:30 a.m. Pirates arrive (noisily) in downtown Tampa via float, on west side (Tampa Street) of Lykes Gaslight Park ***

NOON Pirates meet with Mayor to negotiate the city’s surrender***

(*** indicates theatrical noise props may be used)

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TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESENTED
GASPARILLA BADGES FOR 100th

BADGES TO BE WORN DURING GASPARILLA SEASON IN TAMPA

January 13, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Don Barnes,
YMKG
(813) 251-4500

Darrell Stefany
EventFest, Inc.
(813) 251-4344

TAMPA, FL – Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and EventFest, Inc. presented specially designed Gasparilla Badges to the Tampa Police Department, in celebration and recognition of the 100th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade being celebrated this month in Tampa. In addition to being the 100th Gasparilla celebration in 2015, this year will also mark the last time Chief Jane Castor and Deputy Chief John Bennett will be in command over Gasparilla season, as they both retire in 2015.

“Gasparilla began in 1904 as a unique community celebration to help draw visitors to our area” said J. Rex Farrior III, Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. “Gasparilla has grown over the years to be part of the fabric of our Community — all made possible through our family relationship with the City of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department” added Farrior.

“We wanted to make the 100th Gasparilla season special this year, and we felt there was no better way to do this than pause, and recognize the Tampa Police Department for their support through all these years”, said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest and Project manager of Gasparilla events. “We are delighted that leadership has decided to wear these badges annually during Tampa’s Gasparilla season – defined from the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza (next-to-last Saturday in January) through the Gasparilla Outbound Voyage (first Saturday in March).

Rick Chambers of the Chambers Group Professional Services partnered with City of Tampa graphic designer Jeremy Rex to create the special Gasparilla badge.

Immediately following today’s news conference, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates delivered their police treasure to officers at the District 1 Headquarters, 3818 West Tampa Bay Boulevard.

Tampa’s Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

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COMMODORES TO HEADLINE GASPARILLA CHARITY CONCERT
WITH ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION ADDED AS OPENER

OFFICIAL PARTY HEADQUARTERS NAMED TO EXPAND THE FUN

January 9, 2015
CONTACT: Darrell Stefany

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EventFest, Inc.
(813) 251-4344

TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla announced today that The Commodores will headline the Gasparilla Charity Concert and Pre-Invasion Celebration, presented by Budweiser on January 30th, the kick-off to a super Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest weekend in Tampa. The event will take place in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with live music starting at 6 p.m.

General Admission tickets available for $30 each, tax included. An extremely limited amount of VIP Tickets will also be available at $75 each, tax included, which includes access to the Yacht Starship – docked backstage and offering Open Bar and dessert sampling to VIP ticket holders. Tickets are available exclusively from EventFest, with on-line sales at www.GasparillaTreasures.com, or by phone at (813) 251-8844.

Atlanta Rhythm Section has been confirmed as opener for the Commodores, with Daniel B. Marshall returning to the Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage in 2015. The Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Gasparilla Community Fund and the Humane Society of Tampa will receive proceeds from this year’s Charity Concert.

“We are delighted to host The Commodores, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Daniel B Marshall for our inaugural Gasparilla Charity Concert & Pre-Invasion Celebration, presented by Budweiser on January 30th” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest and Project Manager for Gasparilla Pirate Fest (GPF). “Our goal was to create a memorable Pre-Invasion party celebration and literally light-up Friday night as we prepare for Tampa’s 100th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade on Saturday” Stefany added.

Following the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, the celebration continues at official Gasparilla Party Headquarters from Bay to Bay to Channelside Bay Plaza, and on up to Gasparilla’s premiere party headquarter ’s and title sponsor Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Tampa.

From South to North, 2015 Official Party Headquarters include:

Graffiti Junktion (3114 West Bay to Bay Blvd.) www.GraffitiJunktion.com
Irish 31 (1611 West Swannn Ave, Hyde Park Village) www.Irish31.com
Ducky’s (1719 West Kennedy Blvd.) www.DuckysTampa.com
Ferg’s Live (490 Channelside Drive, across from Amalie Arena) www.FergsLive.com
Hablo Taco (615 Channelside Drive, Channelside Bay Plaza) www.HabloTaco.com
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa (5223 Orient Road, Tampa) www.SeminoleHardRock.com

Official Gasparilla Party Headquarter locations will celebrate Gasparilla with specials and entertainment.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest has historically hosted a its main concert on Saturday evening following the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. In an effort to expand Gasparilla Pirate Fest and encourage visitors to come to Tampa for the entire weekend, the decision was made to move the GPF Concert to Friday night, and to create a Charity Concert that would benefit the Gasparilla Community Fund and one of the local charities that host a beer garden at Gasparilla Pirate Fest in 2015. This year, the Humane Society of Tampa will host the beer garden on Curtis Hixon for both Friday’s Concert as well as Saturday for the Invasion and Parade.

Live entertainment will be featured on the Gasparilla Invasion Stage in MacDill Park, at Whiting and Ashley in downtown Tampa both pre-parade and post parade on Saturday. The Invasion stage is presented by Telemundo and will feature the Hot Salsa sounds of Sol Caribe. Curtis Hixon Park will be open during the Gasparilla Invasion and pre-Parade, and feature an assortment of pre-recorded music and add to the excitement as event attendees gather for the parade of the pirates in downtown Tampa.

About Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 30 & 31, 2015, in Tampa and will feature the 100th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.

About the Gasparilla Invasion Bruch: The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center provides the best view in town of the historic Gasparilla Invasion, as the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail up Seddon Channel aboard the Jose Gasparilla, and dock tableside at 1 p.m.

The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, includes live entertainment, a buffet brunch with cash bar and reserved table seating for one of the most unique and colorful spectacles found anywhere in the world. Gasparilla Invasion Brunch (Adults: $85, Child: $75) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $120, Child COMBO $105) are available on-line (www.GasparillaTreasures.com) or by phone (813) 251-8844.

About the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates: Following another successful invasion by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the focus shifts to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard, where a victory parade begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, which has been presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way along Hillsboro Bay into downtown Tampa, with over 140 units – featuring one-hundred three (103) floats, three (3) marching bands and over fifty (50) participating social organizations (i.e. krewes).

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel from Bayshore into downtown Tampa. The Parade will cross into downtown over the Brorein Street bridge, turn north on Ashley Drive, and end at Cass Street and Ashley Drive in the heart of the Cultural Arts District in downtown Tampa.

About the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival: Gasparilla Pirate Fest begins on Friday January 30, 2015 with a Gasparilla Charity Concert to benefit Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Gasparilla Community Fund. This fun-filled celebration will kick-off Tampa’s “piratical” festivities with a variety of live entertainment in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – located on the east side of the Hillsborough River across from the University of Tampa between Madison and Polk. Following the Parade, entertainment will continue at Official Gasparilla Party Headquarters from Bay to Bay to Ybor City and at the ultimate Gasparilla Party Headquarters – the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Tampa.

An additional Latin themed entertainment stage is scheduled to be located downtown pre parade in MacDill Park, on the west side of Ashley Drive along the river between Whiting and Jackson Streets. SOL CARIBE will provide hot salsa sounds both pre and post parade in 2015 from MacDIll Park along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $43, per person (tax included). For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log onto www.GasparillaTreasures.com. Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling EventFest’s Gasparilla Ticket Reservation Line at (813) 251-8844. A ticket representative will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.


HOT TICKET EXPANDED IN 2015!,Our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating has been expanded in 2015 to include the FIRST MATE SOUTH - located on the water side of Bayshore Boulevard, between Ardson and Carolina, and FIRST MATE NORTH – located on the land side of the parade route on Bayshore Boulevard, between Beach and Platt Street. This single row, chair seating provides guaranteed front-row fun at Tampa`s historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates in 2015. First Mate Seating Tickets are $58 per person (tax included) in advance, and are expected to sell out early again this year.

Reserved Seating for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Parade of the Pirates is limited and available on a first ordered, first reserved basis. All reserved tickets are assigned in the order they are received, therefore guests should order their reserved tickets early to best accommodate any seating preference they may request.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest Sponsors as of the date of this release include:

TITLE SPONSOR: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
Adams & Reese, LLC; Alley Ÿ Clark Ÿ Greiwe; Amalie Oil Company; In-Bev / Anheuser Busch, Inc; Carey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.; CENTRO Tampa; The City of Tampa; iHeartRadio-Tampa Bay including: WBTP-FM 95.7 The Beat, WFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZ, WFUS-FM US 103.5, WMTX-FM MIX 100.7, 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, News Radio 970 WFLA; Diageo - Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; Hadlow Family; Hillsborough County; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; PNC Bank; Professional Insurance Center; Rex Goliath Wine, Skanska Builders, USA; Stewart Family; Sunset Salsa; The Tampa Bay Buccaneers; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo Tampa; Turner Family; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA–TV News Channel 8 and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Tampa’s Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

 

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CONTACT:
Nikki Yourison, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, (813) 523-5673, nikki.yourison@seminolehardrock.com
Chris Dirato, Bitner Goodman, (954) 703-7938, chris@bitnergoodman.com

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Gasparilla Community Fund Charity Dinner Hosted By CBS Early Show’s Sissy Biggers At Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

WHAT:
The 2015 Gasparilla Community Fund Charity Dinner will be hosted by Sissy Biggers from the CBS Early Show and Council Oak Steak & Seafood’s Room Chef Michael Balles. Biggers has been showcased on Lifetime Television, Food Network and ABC’s Extreme Makeover. The dinner will help benefit the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Community Fund, established to assist the community in times of need. The event will include a three-course dinner complete with sommelier hand-selected wine pairings from Chalone Estates and winemaker Robert Cook.

WHEN:
Thursday, January 22
7:30 p.m. – seating
8 p.m. -- dinner

WHERE:
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
5223 North Orient Road
Tampa, FL 33610

MISC:
Tickets are $250 per person and seats are limited. Please call EventFest for availability at 813-251-4330.

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GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED FOR THE
2015 GASPARILLA PARADE OF THE PIRATES

December 3, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Don Barnes
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
(813) 251-4500

TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc., Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, WFLA News Channel 8 and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa announced today that CSM. James C. Faris, Command Sergeant Major of United States Special Operations Command and Mario Lopez, host of NBC’s “Extra” –the Emmy® Award-winning entertainment news program have been selected as Co-Grand Marshals for the 2015 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Command Sergeant Major James C. Faris, United States Army currently serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commander of United States Special Operations Command. He’s a 30 year distinguished military veteran and special operations leader who has deployed in support of combat operations in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was awarded the Purple Heart in 1993 for injuries received during the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, and cumulatively has been awarded seven Bronze Stars, one with Valor Device, as well as earning both the Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit.

Mario Lopez continues as host of "Extra," the Emmy® Award–winning entertainment news program, for the show’s 21st season which begins September 8, 2014. This will be Lopez’s seventh consecutive season as the show’s host, after co-hosting "Extra's" weekend edition since January 2007. Perhaps most remembered as the character A.C. Slater on the 1989’s television hit Saved By The Bell, Mr. Lopez has guest starred on numerous television shows, performed on Broadway and landed on the New York Times bestseller list with his healthy-eating guide Extra Lean and its follow up Extra Lean Family. Mario also currently hosts MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, and also currently hosts iHeartRadio’s Weekly Countdown. Mario’s iHeartRadio Countdown can be heard every Sunday morning on iHeartRadio’s Mix 100.7 FM from 8 – 10 a.m. in Tampa Bay.

“Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla is delighted to partner with News Channel 8 and Seminole Hard Rock to present both Command Sergeant Major Faris and Mario Lopez as our Grand Marshals for this year’s Parade,” said J. Rex Farrior, III - Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. “Command Sergeant Major Faris represents the very best in our distinguished military heroes who put their lives on the line every day to protect our great nation. Mr. Lopez is a wonderfully talented actor and author, and will be an exciting addition to our 100th Gasparilla Parade. He’s an easily recognizable Hollywood celebrity, who is sure to thrill the audience at this year’s festivities” added Farrior.

“It’s with great pride we announce the grand marshals for the 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, as we have chosen two individuals that will help draw positive attention to this iconic event in our community,” said Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino President John Fontana. “Command Sergeant Major Chris Faris is a true American hero and someone we all look up to with utmost respect for his service to our country.”

“Also in line with Seminole Hard Rock’s position as central Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Mario Lopez is part of the fabric of pop culture that will resonate with Tampa Bay so we’re extremely pleased he’ll be a part of this special event as well.”

“News Channel 8 is thrilled that Mario Lopez and CSM Faris are Grand Marshalls,” said News Channel 8 Director of Marketing Tom Hebel. Mario is no stranger to the Tampa Bay area. He is familiar with the Gasparilla tradition and can’t wait to see everyone lining Bayshore Blvd. And CSM Faris, is an American hero who has risked life and limb so we can live in the land of the free. All of us at News Channel 8 are proud to sponsor the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and broadcast the 2015 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.”

About Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2015 Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 30 & 31, 2015, in Tampa and will feature the 100th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.

About the Gasparilla Invasion Bruch: The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center provides the best view in town of the historic Gasparilla Invasion, as the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail up Seddon Channel aboard the Jose Gasparilla, and dock tableside at 1 p.m.

The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, includes live entertainment, a buffet brunch with cash bar and reserved table seating for one of the most unique and colorful spectacles found anywhere in the world. Gasparilla Invasion Brunch (Adults: $85, Child: $75) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $120, Child COMBO $105) are available on-line (www.GasparillaTreasures.com) or by phone (813) 251-8844.

About the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates: Following another successful invasion by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the focus shifts to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard, where a victory parade begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, which has been presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way along Hillsboro Bay into downtown Tampa, with over 140 units – featuring one-hundred three (103) floats, three (3) marching bands and over fifty (50) participating social organizations (i.e. krewes).

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel from Bayshore into downtown Tampa. The Parade will cross into downtown over the Brorein Street bridge, turn north on Ashley Drive, and end at Cass Street and Ashley Drive in the heart of the Cultural Arts District in downtown Tampa.

About the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival: Gasparilla Pirate Fest begins on Friday January 30, 2015 with a Gasparilla Charity Concert to benefit Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Gasparilla Community Fund. This fun-filled celebration will kick-off Tampa’s “piratical” festivities with a variety of live entertainment in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – located on the east side of the Hillsborough River across from the University of Tampa between Madison and Polk. Following the Parade, entertainment will continue at Official Gasparilla Party Headquarters from Bay to Bay to Ybor City and at the ultimate Gasparilla Party Headquarters – the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Tampa.

An additional Latin themed entertainment stage is scheduled to be located downtown pre parade in MacDill Park, on the west side of Ashley Drive along the river between Whiting and Jackson Streets. SOL CARIBE will provide hot salsa sounds both pre and post parade in 2015 from MacDIll Park along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $43, per person (tax included). For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log onto www.GasparillaTreasures.com. Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling EventFest’s Gasparilla Ticket Reservation Line at (813) 251-8844. A ticket representative will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

HOT TICKET EXPANDED IN 2015!,Our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating has been expanded in 2015 to include the FIRST MATE SOUTH - located on the water side of Bayshore Boulevard, between Ardson and Carolina, and FIRST MATE NORTH – located on the land side of the parade route on Bayshore Boulevard, between Beach and Platt Street. This single row, chair seating provides guaranteed front-row fun at Tampa`s historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates in 2015. First Mate Seating Tickets are $58 per person (tax included) in advance, and are expected to sell out early again this year.

Reserved Seating for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Parade of the Pirates is limited and available on a first ordered, first reserved basis. All reserved tickets are assigned in the order they are received, therefore guests should order their reserved tickets early to best accommodate any seating preference they may request.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest Sponsors as of the date of this release include:

TITLE SPONSOR: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
Adams & Reese, LLC; Alley • Clark • Greiwe; Amalie Oil Company; In-Bev / Anheuser Busch, Inc; Carey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.; CENTRO Tampa; The City of Tampa; iHeartRadio-Tampa Bay including: WBTP-FM 95.7 The Beat, WFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZ, WFUS-FM US 103.5, WMTX-FM MIX 100.7, 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, News Radio 970 WFLA; Diageo - Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; Hadlow Family; Hillsborough County; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; PNC Bank; Professional Insurance Center; Rex Goliath Wine, Skanska Builders, USA; Stewart Family; Sunset Salsa; The Tampa Bay Buccaneers; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo Tampa; Turner Family; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA–TV News Channel 8 and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Tampa’s Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

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