Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza

McDONALD’S® CHILDREN’S GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 – Paul Dellegatto named as Grand Marshal and Delonda Walker honored as Community Hero.


Paul Dellegatto named as Grand Marshal and Delonda Walker honored as Community Hero.

December 21, 2017


TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are lovin’ the opportunity to announce McDonald’s® as title sponsor of the 2018 Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza. This is McDonald’s® 8th consecutive year as title sponsor of the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the alcohol-free kick-off event to Tampa’s historic Gasparilla celebration.

“The McDonald’s® Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza has become one of the nation’s premier family events, with visitors traveling from all over the country to join us annually for Tampa’s historic “piratical” fun” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest, Inc. “Tampa has enjoyed Gasparilla for generations, and with the support of our sponsors, and the support of over 10,000 parade participants, this free, Community event tradition continues for our next generation to enjoy.”

The Children’s Gasparilla Parade welcomes Paul Dellegatto as our Grand Marshal for 2018! Dellegatto is the Chief Meteorologist for FOX 13 and is the longest tenured Chief Meteorologist in Tampa Bay television. He’s a weather pioneer; being the first meteorologist in the country to show the various spaghetti models that illustrate the complexity of tracking tropical systems. “Paul was so important to all of us this year when Hurricane Irma threatened. We are proud and honored that he is this year’s Grand Marshal.”, claimed John Hoffman, Vice President of News at FOX 13.

We are also proud to announce that Delonda Walker, General Manager from McDonald’s, whose tip-off was crucial in helping local authorities detain the suspect in the recent man-hunt for the killer of four Seminole Heights residents, has been named as the Community Hero for our 2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade. “We are extremely proud that Delonda is being recognized for her role as a Community Hero in this year’s parade,” said J.C. Prado, McDonald’s owner/operator. “Her genuine and friendly personality, paired with her work ethic has always made her a star team member, but her sense to do what is right for her community is what makes her so deserving of this honor.”

The 2018 McDonald’s® Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The alcohol-free McDonald’s® Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza focuses on family friendly activities along Bayshore Boulevard including the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, SOCOM Day Jump, Children’s Gasparilla Parade, SOCOM Night Jump, and the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza. Details can be found at

The 2018 Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll presented by Tampa Lowry Park Zoo 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 2018 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.

The Children’s Gasparilla Parade sponsored by Southern Chevy Dealers – 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 units, spectacular floats, and over 40 krewes. The Children’s Gasparilla Parade will once again be broadcast live on FOX13 on January 20, 2018 from 4 – 6 p.m. The parade will also be streamed live on

The event concludes with the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza presented by McDonald’s®, with Tampa Bay’s largest pyrotechnic display of the year launched over western Hillsborough Bay. The musical soundtrack which accompanies the “Piratechnic” Extravaganza is played over concert-quality speakers near Show Center at 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 Special McDonald’s memories will be seen and heard during the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza broadcast live on FOX 13 at 7 p.m. on January 20, 2018.  A separate release will detail the 2018 “Piratechnic” Extravaganza presentation in mid-January 2018.

Reserved Children’s Gasparilla Parade bleacher seating tickets are $38 and First Mate chair seating is $60, plus tax. For additional information or to purchase Children’s Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla Treasures merchandise, please visit Reserved Seating for the McDonald’s® Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza is limited for the 2018 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:

Title Sponsor – McDonald’s®

Amalie Oil Company; Circle K; iHeartRadio 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 NewsRadio; City of Tampa, FOX 13,, Southern Chevy Dealers, Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, The Tampa Bay Times, Water Ventures and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

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



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