Ashley HomeStore Children’s Gasparilla Presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay


Ashley HomeStore makes signature Children’s Gasparilla their new event home in 2019

December 19, 2018
CONTACT: DARRELL STEFANY                                                                                       PRESIDENT, EVENTFEST, INC.
(813) 251 – 3378

TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are proud to announce Ashley HomeStore as the Title Sponsor of the 2019 Children’s Gasparilla event. This is the first year Ashley Homestore has been involved with the Children’s Gasparilla event, the annual kick-off to Tampa’s signature Gasparilla celebrations.

“We are proud to sponsor the Children’s Gasparilla event,” said Kevin Hook, Executive Vice President for Ashley HomeStores, Ltd. “This event is the perfect way for us to celebrate the community while having some family fun!  Not only are we excited to host kid-friendly activities and give away great prizes, but we’re thrilled for the opportunity to build awareness of our Hope to Dream initiative and its mission of providing a good night’s sleep to every child in need with a bed donation from Ashley.”

“We are delighted to add Ashley HomeStore as title sponsor of the Children’s Gasparilla event this year” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest and Project Manager of Tampa’s signature Gasparilla celebrations. “Ashley HomeStore has made Tampa its home, and with their support, the 2019 Ashley HomeStore Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A will surely be the best Children’s Gasparilla we have ever seen!” added Stefany.

The 2019 Ashley HomeStore Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This alcohol-free event focuses on family friendly entertainment and activities along Bayshore Boulevard including the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll presented by ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Gasparilla Air Invasion – Day Part, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade, the Gasparilla Air Invasion – Night Flight, and lastly the Gasparilla “Piratechnics” (aka fireworks). Details can be found at

About the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll presented by ZooTampa at Lowry Park will begin at Howard and Bayshore and conclude at Rome Avenue. This half mile route is limited to Tampa’s “pint-sized” pirates, children 5 and under, (and their families) and provides them the opportunity to dress up and creatively decorate their wagons and strollers as they celebrate the return of the Gasparilla season. The 2019 Stroll is expected to host over 1,200 participants, as Tampa’s next generation of pirates make their way up Bayshore Boulevard. The Stroll begins at 1:30 p.m.

About the Gasparilla Air Invasion – Day Part & Night Flight will feature air-show entertainment before and after the Children’s Gasparilla Parade in 2019. “The Para-Commandos” – the United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team at 3 p.m. as the finale of the Day Part Gasparilla Air Invasion ….  as they land on Bayshore Boulevard near show center just prior to the start of the Children’s Gasparilla Parade. Additional vintage and air-show aircraft have been added to the 2019 Gasparilla Air Invasion – with a Day Part that entertains all prior to the Children’s Parade, and the “Night-Flight” air show elements following a presently-scheduled SOCOM Night Jump (ETA 6:15 p.m.) just after the end of the Children’s Parade.

About the Children’s Gasparilla Parade: part of Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration since 1947, will begin at Bay to Bay and Bayshore at 3:30 p.m. Children ages 6 and older will dance, march and parade down Bayshore Boulevard and will end at Edison and Bayshore. The Parade will include over 100 units, featuring dance troops, marching bands, spectacular floats, and over 40 krewes. The Children’s Gasparilla Parade will once again be broadcast live on FOX13 on January 19, 2019 from 4 – 6 p.m. The parade will also be streamed live on

About the “Gasparilla Piratechnics”: The event concludes with the Gasparilla “Piratechnics” (aka fireworks) Show, with Tampa Bay’s largest fireworks display of the year launched just off Bayshore Boulevard at Howard. The musical soundtrack which accompanies the show is played over speakers from Ardson Place to Nance Avenue on Bayshore. Due to the precision of the bursts timed with the music, the “Piratechnics” are best seen and heard from near Show Center. The “Piratechnics” fireworks show will also be seen and heard during a live HD broadcast on FOX 13 beginning at 7 p.m.

About Ashley HomeStore: Ashley HomeStore is committed to being your trusted partner and style leader for the home. This commitment has made Ashley HomeStore the No. 1 furniture retailer in the U.S. and one of the world’s best-selling furniture store brands with more than 900 locations in 54 countries.

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About Gasparilla Tickets: Reserved Bleacher Seat Tickets for the Children’s Gasparilla Parade are $40 in advance, plus tax. First Mate (First Row) Reserved Chair Seating is $50 in advance, plus tax. Scully Club Tickets include private seating and a catered lunch and are $135 for Adults and $85 for Children 12 and under, in advance, plus tax. For additional information or Children’s Gasparilla tickets and officially licensed Gasparilla Treasures™ merchandise, visit Reserved Seating for the Ashley HomeStore Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A is limited for the 2019 event. All reserved ticket orders are filled on a first come, first serve basis. For questions about tickets or Official Gasparilla Treasures™ Merchandise, call (813) 251–8844.

Sponsors as of the date of this release include:

Title Sponsor: Ashley HomeStore

Presenting Sponsor: Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay

Sponsored in part by: Amalie Oil Company, City of Tampa, iHeartMedia  including WBTP-FM 95.7 The BeatWFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZWFUS-FM US 103.5WMTX-FM MIX 100.7620 WDAE The Sports AnimalNews Radio 970 WFLA, FOX 13,, The Tampa Bay Times, VooDoo Chef Seasonings, Water Ventures, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, Yelp and ZooTampa at Lowry Park.

Tampa’s Signature Gasparilla Community events, including the Ashley HomeStore Children’s Gasparilla, presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay (January 19, 2019); the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest (January 26 & 27, 2019) and the Gasparilla Outbound Voyage (March 2, 2019) are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc.

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