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



 Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay to serve
the Tampa community in more ways than one

 November 14, 2018                                         CONTACT:    MAIKEN STEFANY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                (813) 251 – 4336


TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are proud to announce Chick–fil–A Tampa Bay as Presenting Sponsor of the Children’s Gasparilla event. This is the first year Chick-Fil-A Tampa Bay will sponsor the Children’s Gasparilla event, the annual kick-off to Tampa’s historic Gasparilla celebrations.

“We are proud to present the Children’s Gasparilla event,” said Russ Voor, Franchise Operator of Chick-fil-A in Clearwater. “This event is a perfect fit for us as it aligns with what we’re all about – family fun and community spirit. Through this partnership, we not only get to have fun with pirates and cows, but we also get to give back to our community through the bicycle safety rodeo, highlighting a Chick-fil-A Community Hero and helping to feed our local law enforcement on the day of the event.  This is a fantastic event and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of it!”

“The Children’s Gasparilla has quickly become Tampa’s premier family event over the last few years,” said Maiken K. Stefany, Vice President, EventFest, Inc. “We are excited for this new partnership, which is already proving to be both fun, and good for the community, and we look forward to the first ever Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay in 2019!”

The 2019 Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-Fil-A Tampa Bay 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 activities along Bayshore Boulevard including the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll presented by ZooTampa at Lowry Park, a SOCOM Day Jump, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade, a SOCOM Night Jump, and lastly the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza. Details can be found at

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.

“The Para-Commandos” – the United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team, will be featured at 3 p.m. as part of the event’s Gasparilla Air Invasion as they land on Bayshore Boulevard near show center just prior to the start of the Children’s Gasparilla Parade. Additional “Night-Flight” air show elements will be presented during the SOCOM Night Jump just prior to the start of the fireworks show.

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

The event concludes with the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza Fireworks Show, with Tampa Bay’s largest fireworks display of the year launched just off of Bayshore Boulevard. The musical soundtrack which accompanies the show is played over speakers near Howard and Bayshore. Due to the precision of the bursts timed with the music, the Show is best seen and heard from near Show Center at Howard and Bayshore. The fireworks show will also be seen and heard during a live broadcast on FOX 13 at 7 p.m.

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 to purchase Children’s Gasparilla tickets and officially licensed Gasparilla Treasures merchandise, please visit Reserved Seating for the Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-Fil-A Tampa Bay 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 Merchandise, call (813) 251 – 8844.

Sponsors as of the date of this release include:

Presenting Sponsor: Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay

Sponsored in part by: Amalie Oil Company, Circle K, 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 Official Gasparilla events, including the Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-Fil-A Tampa Bay, the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc.

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