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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAPTAIN, QUEEN AND PIRATES TO SHARE GASPARILLA TREASURES WITH LOCAL HOSPITALS ON TUESDAY ...

Tampa, FL - January 17, 2014: On Tuesday, January 21st, the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and select groups of his most decorated pirates (Gaspar’s Grenadiers) will visit the MacDonald’s Training Center and 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 (Dr. James C. Von Thron) will visit Florida Hospital, Tampa, 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, as they debut their exclusive 2014 throws, featuring the new 2014 Collector’s Edition polystone bead, and YMKG Ship Bead, along with cannonballs, activity books and other exclusively produced pirate throws.

The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will visit McDonald’s Training Center and 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.
               MacDonald’s Training Center – 9:30 a.m.
               Florida Hospital – 9:30 a.m.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest … featuring the Gasparilla Invasion, Parade of the Pirates and Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 25th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., along 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 has 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 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PIRATES WILL BE HEARD IN ADVANCE OF
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 21st, 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 2014 Gasparilla Pirate Fest will be held on Saturday, January 25th in downtown Tampa. The Gasparilla Invasion is 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.

2014 GASPARILLA RAIDING PARTY
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
(813) 251-3378

2014 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirate Partners with RideCommand App

TAMPA, FL (January 7, 2014) – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are pleased to introduce Ride Command for the 2014 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates. The RideCommand app offers upscale car service in seconds.

RideCommand's app allows customers to request either an immediate pickup ("Ride Now") or a scheduled ride in the future ("Ride Later") where upscale car services compete for your business. Users can enter a Tampa pickup location, destination, the number of passengers, type of vehicle and when the service will be needed. RideCommand’s revolutionary bidding technology will summon all the drivers to a fair fight, putting the best one in front of the user. RideCommand’s app is available on both iPhone and Android devices. For more information visit www.RideCommand.com

From now through the 2014 Gasparilla Pirate Fest on January 25th, 2014 customers may use the discount code “GASP” for 10% off of RideCommand’s services. Additionally, they can check out the Official Gasparilla Pirate Fest Facebook page to enter for a chance to win FREE rides for a year!! Visit www.Facebook.com/GasparillaPirateFest to enter.

“We are happy to introduce this new service for our Gasparilla participants and guests to enjoy Tampa’s Gasparilla events responsibly and get home safely” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest, Inc.

“People want a convenient way to book a car service that also gives them flexibility when it comes to choices – RideCommand provides that positive experience,” said Alan Stapleton, founder and CEO of RideCommand.

RideCommand allows the customer to choose between Luxury and Economy services for car service. The Luxury option will use luxury sedans and SUVs, such as a Cadillac Escalade or a Mercedes Sedan. The Economy option will use Cab Plus Taxi Services and their Lincoln Town Cars. Either service will arrive to pick you up with safe, comfortable and clean cars with courteous drivers.

The Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest will take place on January 25, 2014. For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log on to 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. 

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

Title Sponsor: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Adams & Reese, LLC; Alley • Clark • Greiwe; Amalie Oil Company; Anheuser Busch, Inc; Buffalo Wild Wings; Carey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.; Catering By the Family; CENTRO Tampa; Chevrolet; The City of Tampa; Clear Channel Radio of 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, 970 WFLA FOX Newsradio; Diageo - Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; Hadlow Family; Hillsborough County; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; PNC Bank; Professional Insurance Center; Sunset Salsa; The Tampa Bay Buccaneers; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Telemundo Tampa; Turner Family; Visit Tampa Bay, WFLA – TV News Channel 8 and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

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

1200 W. Cass Street, Suite 110
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-3378
www.EvenFest.com

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:          
Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa,
(813) 695-4819, gina.morales@seminolehardrock.com
Chris Dirato, Bitner Goodman,
(917) 921-9070, chris@bitnergoodman.com

Master Sergeant Christian “Mack” MacKenzie to Represent
USSOCOM’s Care Coalition as Grand Marshal
At Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade of Pirates

*Editor’s Note: Leading up to the event, MSgt MacKenzie will be doing media tours. A media alert detailing his availability will be distributed in the coming weeks.

TAMPA, Fla. (January 3, 2014) – Master Sergeant Christian “Mack” MacKenzie has been selected to represent the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Care Coalition as Grand Marshal at the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade of Pirates on Saturday, January 25.

Care Coalition, an agency within the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base which supports wounded, ill or injured Special Operations Forces and their families, was chosen in November as the Grand Marshal for the parade.

MSgt MacKenzie, who enlisted in the Air Force in 1991, was critically wounded while conducting missions in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. A rocket propelled grenade struck the cockpit of his helicopter and he suffered facial trauma, a traumatic brain injury and the destruction of one eye. He spent 16 months in and out of the hospital while enduring numerous surgeries and painful rehab before returning to full active duty and being re-instated as an Enlisted Aviator.

It was while working as an Air Force Family Liaison Officer for a critically wounded Airman at Walter Reed Army Medical Center when MSgt MacKenzie was noticed by the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Casualty Assistance Liaison Chief. It subsequently led to him being assigned to his current position at USSOCOM’s Care Coalition headquarters where he continues to serve all of the Special Operations wounded, ill and injured.

Given his professionalism and vast amount of experience, MSgt MacKenzie was also named to the Department of Defense’s Recovering Warrior Task Force where he helped evaluate and improve all of the Wounded Warrior Programs. He reported directly to the Secretary of Defense.

Married with two daughters, MSgt MacKenzie has been awarded a number of military decorations over the years including the Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Air Medals, Air Force Combat Action Medal and two National Defense Service Medals.

The Care Coalition was founded in 2005 and has about 80 employees, half based locally at MacDill Air Force Base. The employees are a mix of active and retired military, plus civilians with special skill sets, registered nurses and social workers.

“When we announced Care Coalition would be Grand Marshal for the parade, we all agreed these folks were true heroes,” said Seminole Hard Rock’s President John Fontana. “Clearly, MSgt MacKenzie exemplifies best what Care Coalition stands for. We’re ecstatic he will be representing this terrific organization.”

The Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade of Pirates, which kicks off at 2 p.m., will include colorful costumes and festive music. It will also contain more than 90 elaborate floats, 14 marching bands, over 50 distinct Krewes and the infamous YMKG pirates.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s sixth-largest casino, based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot. This ultimate entertainment destination features 118 table games including Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Tiles and Poker, Three Card Poker and Texas Hold ‘em Poker, along with over 5,000 slot machines and a smoke-free poker room with 50 tables offering high stakes action. The luxurious High Limit Table Games Room features 17 tables for blackjack and midi-baccarat and offers higher table limits, a personal cashier and attentive bartenders. For the sixth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Guests can enjoy a new pool area and restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 142 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant, and Rise Kitchen & Bakery™, which features freshly baked breads and entrees made with fresh ingredients. The new Asian gaming complex Jubao Palace features 17 table games and an accompanying 15-seat, quick service noodle bar. Valet and more than 5,000 free, self-parking spaces are available. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrocktampa.com or www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SHRTampa.

 

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Gasparilla Pirate Fest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
(813) 251-3378

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST
RETURNS TO TAMPA BAY FOR ANOTHER PIRATICAL SEASON

Talent for Gasparilla Stages Rocks in 2014

TAMPA, FL (January 3, 2014) – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are excited to welcome back the annual Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest to the Tampa Bay area.

 The 2014 Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014, and will feature the historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, driven by Chevrolet, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.

New This Year: The official Gasparilla Pirate Fest after party – Light Up The Night - will take place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 5:30 – 10 p.m. and will host some of the regions hottest cover bands from the live entertainment stage. The night will conclude with the after party’s first ever fireworks show!

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: $75, Child: $65) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $109, Child COMBO $99) are available on-line (www.GasparillaTreasures.com) or by phone (813) 251-8844.

About the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, driven by Chevrolet: 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, driven by Chevrolet 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 approximately ninety (90) floats, marching bands and over fifty (50) participating social organizations (i.e. krewes).

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel down Bayshore from Bay to Bay 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 Cultural Arts District in downtown Tampa.

About the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival: Following the Parade, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues Tampa’s “piratical” fun with Light Up the Night – the official after party of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Light up the night will feature a variety of live entertainment on stages throughout Downtown Tampa. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – located on the east side of the Hillsborough River across from the University of Tampa between Madison and Polk, will host the main Gasparilla entertainment stage for Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Live entertainment will be scheduled pre and post parade and for the first time ever, the night will conclude with a fireworks show from the river! Entertainment schedule for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage is as follows:

10 a.m. – Noon Clear Channel Radio to provide the hottest tunes from 93.3 FLZ and MIX 100.7

Noon – 1:45 p.m. Matt Weis will perform live from the Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage

1:45 – 2 p.m. Clear Channel Radio to provide the hottest tunes from 93.3 FLZ and MIX 100.7

2 – 3:30 p.m. Southern Train will perform live from the Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. No music or performances during Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

5:30 – 6 p.m. Clear Channel DJ will perform live from the Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage

6 – 8 p.m. C’NERGY will perform live from the Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage

8:15 – 9:50 p.m. Daniel B Marshal will perform live from the Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage

9:50 – 10 p.m. Light Up The Night - Firework show takes place from river

An additional Latin themed entertainment stage, the Gasparilla Invasion Stage, is scheduled to be located downtown 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 2014 from MacDIll Park along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Sol Carbie will perform live from the Gasparilla Invasion stage

1:30 – 2 p.m. Music from Telemundo plays via sound system

2 – 3:30 p.m. Sol Carbie will perform live from the Gasparilla Invasion stage

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. No music or performances during Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sol Carbie will perform live from the Gasparilla Invasion stage

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $38, 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.

Reserved Seating for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Parade is limited, and has been relocated in many areas for the 2014 event. 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, LLP; Alley, Clark, Greiwe; Amalie Oil; Anheuser Busch/Budweiser; Buffalo Wild Wings; Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; Carey, O’Malley, Whitaker & Muller P.A.; Catering By The Family; Centro Tampa; Chevrolet; Clear Channel Radio of Tampa Bay including – 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 93.3 FLZ. 95.7 The Beat, 98 Rock, Mix 100.7, Newsradio 970 WFLA and US 103.5; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; PNC Bank; Professional Insurance Center; Rex Goliath Wines; Skanska; Sunset Salsa; Tampa Bay Buccaneers; The City of Tampa; The Hadlow Family; The Stewart Family; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo; The Turner Family; Verizon; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA News Channel 8 and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

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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MEDIA CONTACTS:          
Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa,
(813) 695-4819, gina.morales@seminolehardrock.com
Chris Dirato, Bitner Goodman,
(917) 921-9070, chris@bitnergoodman.com

 USSOCOM’s Care Coalition to be Grand Marshal
At Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade of Pirates

 TAMPA, Fla. (November 8, 2013) – Care Coalition, an agency within the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base which supports wounded, ill or injured Special Operations Forces and their families, has been chosen as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock (SHR) Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade of Pirates.

 “We’re grateful that Care Coalition accepted our invitation to be a part of this monumental city event,” said SHR President John Fontana. “We’ve worked with them in the past, and when the decision making came down to it, we all agreed these folks are true heroes and should be properly honored as such.”

 The SHR Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade of Pirates is scheduled for Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m. and will include colorful costumes and festive music. It will also contain more than 90 elaborate floats, 14 marching bands, over 50 distinct Krewes and the infamous YMKG pirates.

 The Care Coalition was founded in 2005 and has about 80 employees, half based locally at MacDill Air Force Base. The employees are a mix of active and retired military, plus civilians with special skill sets, registered nurses and social workers.  

 “Our nation’s elite forces like the Green Berets, Army Rangers and Navy SEALs protect our freedom on a daily basis,” added Fontana. “We couldn’t think of a better way to thank them for their service than shining the spotlight on them on a day of celebration in Tampa Bay.”

 In September, SHR announced it would be the title sponsor of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest for the next three years.

“The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is a very important celebration for the Tampa Bay community and now with the inclusion of Care Coalition we are ensuring our community is highlighting all of our assets, and USSOCOM right in our backyard is one of them,” said Fontana.

 “The Pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are very excited to have Care Coalition serve as our Grand Marshal in the 2014 Parade of Pirates,” said Captain Jim Von Thron of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. “We look forward to showcasing these hometown heroes in Tampa’s signature parade on January 25th!”

 About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s sixth-largest casino, based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot. This ultimate entertainment destination features 118 table games including Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Tiles and Poker, Three Card Poker and Texas Hold ‘em Poker, along with over 5,000 slot machines and a smoke-free poker room with 50 tables offering high stakes action. The luxurious High Limit Table Games Room features 17 tables for blackjack and midi-baccarat and offers higher table limits, a personal cashier and attentive bartenders. For the sixth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Guests can enjoy a new pool area and restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 142 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant, and Rise Kitchen & Bakery™, which features freshly baked breads and entrees made with fresh ingredients. The new Asian gaming complex Jubao Palace features 17 table games and an accompanying 15-seat, quick service noodle bar. Valet and more than 5,000 free, self-parking spaces are available. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrocktampa.com  or www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SHRTampa.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa (813) 627-7771,
Gina.Morales@seminolehardrock.com; @SHRTampa
Chris Dirato, Bitner Goodman, (954) 703-7938,
chris@bitnergoodman.com; @BitnerGoodman
Darrell Stefany, EventFest, (813) 251-3378,
Darrell@EventFest.com

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Renews
As Title Sponsor of Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Gasparilla Treasures Mixer Planned for Sept. 19,
International Talk Like a Pirate Day

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2013) – Seminole Hard Rock Tampa (SHRT) will be the title sponsor of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest (www.GasparillaPirateFest.com; www.GasparillaTreasures.com) for the next three years, it was announced today by SHRT President John Fontana.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, SHRT is throwing a Gasparilla Treasures Mixer on International Talk Like a Pirate Day – Sept. 19 – at the Hard Rock Café from 4-7 p.m. There is no cover charge and drink specials will be offered. Colorful pirates from Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will join in the fun to allow for some great photo opportunities.

“We’re proud to once again be an integral part of such a premier event here in central Florida,” said Fontana, who revealed SHRT’s sponsorship would run through 2016. “We believe this title sponsorship exemplifies our core values of uplifting the community throughout the year and it allows us the ability to bring the fun from our place to Tampa Bay and beyond.”

The 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 25th and will feature the historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, as well as the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.

“The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is a very important celebration for the Tampa Bay community and provides a big boost to the economy each year,” added Fontana. “With that said, we want to see it grow even more successful.”

“We’re delighted Seminole Hard Rock has opted to sign a multi-year agreement to sponsor Tampa’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest,” offered EventFest’s Darrell Stefany. “We look forward to working as a team to help develop ways to expand the Gasparilla celebration, while continuing to make a positive impact on the community.”

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s sixth-largest casino, based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot. This ultimate entertainment destination features 118 table games including Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Tiles and Poker, Three Card Poker and Texas Hold ‘em Poker, along with over 5,000 slot machines and a smoke-free poker room with 50 tables offering high stakes action. The luxurious High Limit Table Games Room features 17 tables for blackjack and midi-baccarat and offers higher table limits, a personal cashier and attentive bartenders. For the sixth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Guests can enjoy a new pool area and restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 142 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant, and Rise Kitchen & Bakery™, which features freshly baked breads and entrees made with fresh ingredients. The new Asian gaming complex Jubao Palace features 17 table games and an accompanying 15-seat, quick service noodle bar. Valet and more than 5,000 free, self-parking spaces are available. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrocktampa.com or www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SHRTampa.

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Seminole Hard Rock Cafe + Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will be the title sponsor of the 2014 Gasparilla Pirate Fest on Saturday, January 25. The schedule of activities includes the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates (with creative floats) presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Photo Credit: EventFest

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
(813) 251-3378

2014 Children’s Gasparilla Parade, Gasparilla Invasion Brunch &
Gasparilla Parade of the Pirate Tickets On Sale July 1st

TAMPA, FL (June 27, 2013) – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla announce reserved tickets for the 2014 Children’s Gasparilla Parade, Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates go on sale Monday, July 1, 2013.

The 2014 Children’s Gasparilla Parade, scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2014, is a signature component of the Gasparilla Extravaganza, an alcohol-free, family event which annually launches the Gasparilla festival season in Tampa. This parade takes place along beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and gives pint-sized pirates the opportunity to stroll, march and ride up part of the same route as the historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates. The following tickets are available for the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza:

Reserved bleacher seating tickets are $28 per person, tax included.

“First Mate” Reserved Chair Parade Seating is our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating, located on the water side of Bayshore Boulevard, between Ardson and Carolina. This single row, chair seating provides guaranteed front-row fun at Tampa's historic Children’s Gasparilla Parade in 2014! There are ten chairs in a row. The price for the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on January 18th is $40.00 per ticket, tax included.

Scully’s Family Hospitality Experience is on a first come, first serve basis. This ticketed and reserved area is located at show center near Howard Avenue on Bayshore Blvd. and will include a reserved bleacher seat and feature a private, reserved area with pre-parade family entertainment, a buffet lunch prior to the Children’s Gasparilla Parade…with additional snacks/treats served after the parade…while the excitement builds for the spectacular Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza scheduled to launch at 7 p.m. Tickets are $99 per adult and $79 per child, tax included.

The following tickets are available for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest:

The 2014 Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014, has been a Gasparilla tradition since the late 1980’s. Brunch ticket holders can join in the excitement of awaiting the Pirate’s invasion of the City of Tampa. Enjoy a bountiful feast and live entertainment at the Tampa Convention Center as the Krewe’s fully rigged pirate ship – the Jose Gasparilla – sails up Seddon Channel, accompanied by a flotilla of boats. The ship will dock “tableside” at the Tampa Convention Center at approximately 1 p.m. Reserved Tickets for the 2014 Gasparilla Invasion Brunch are $75 per adult and $65 per child, tax included.

The 2014 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, will begin at 2 p.m. on January 25, 2014 and is a key component of Tampa’s premier community celebration - Gasparilla Pirate Fest. The parade boasts approximately 130 units including colorful floats, bands, and of course, Jose Gaspar’s appropriately costumed swashbuckling pirates. The parade will continue its start at Bay to Bay and Bayshore and march up the northbound lanes (eastside) of Bayshore Boulevard and cross into downtown Tampa over the Brorein Street Bridge. The parade will turn left (northbound) at Ashley Drive, and conclude at Ashley Drive and Cass Street, with the pirates bringing their “piratical” revelry into the heart of the newly defined cultural arts district in Downtown Tampa. Tickets to the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates are as follows:

Reserved bleacher seating tickets for the 2014 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates are $38 per person, tax included.

A COMBO Ticket will be offered again in 2014 for Gasparilla Pirate Fest guests that wish to purchase tickets for both the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and the Parade of the Pirates. COMBO tickets are $109 per adult and $99 per child, tax included.

“First Mate” Reserved Chair Parade Seating is our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating, located on the water side of Bayshore Boulevard, between Ardson and Carolina. This single row, chair seating provides guaranteed front-row fun at Tampa's historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates in 2014! There are ten chairs in a row. The price for the Parade of the Pirates is on January 25th is $48.00 per ticket, tax included.

Scully’s Family Hospitality Experience is on a first come, first serve basis. This ticketed and reserved hospitality area will be just north of Howard Avenue on Bayshore Blvd. and will include a reserved bleacher seat in an exclusive, reserved area and a buffet style lunch prior to the Parade of the Pirates. NOTE: A Charity Beer Garden is adjacent to Scully’s Parade of the Pirates Hospitality Experience, for those guests (over the age of 21 with a valid state/photo i.d.) interested in enjoying the festivities (responsibly) with an ice-cold Budweiser! Tickets are $109.00 per adult and $89.00 per child, tax included.

All Gasparilla tickets include tax, plus a $5 handling charge per ticket, not to exceed a maximum of $30 handling per order.

For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log on to 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.

Sponsors under agreement as of the date of this release include:

Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza
Clear Channel Radio Stations 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, 970 WFLA FOX Newsradio; City of Tampa, FOX 13, MyFoxTampaBay.com, The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Adams & Reese, LLC; Alley • Clark • Greiwe; Amalie Oil Company; Anheuser Busch, Inc; Carey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.; Catering By the Family; CENTRO Tampa; The City of Tampa; Clear Channel Radio of 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, 970 WFLA FOX Newsradio; Diageo - Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; Hadlow Family; Harrod Family; Hillsborough County; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; Professional Insurance Center; Sunset Salsa; Tampa Bay & Co.; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Telemundo Tampa; Turner Family; WFLA – TV News Channel 8 and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

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

1200 W. Cass Street, Suite 110
Tampa, FL 33606
www.EvenFest.com

 

 

 

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