Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza


Tampa, FL – January 25, 2016: On Tuesday, January 26th, a select group of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s most decorated pirates (Gaspar’s Grenadiers) will visit local schools, hospitals and a senior care facility in the Tampa Bay area sharing treasures with children, patients and care staff. This visit occurs annually in preparation of Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Celebration.

The Grenadiers will visit All Children’s Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, along with Pepin Academies and The Crossings at Riverview.

The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla – Gasparilla’s founding organization … will have special treasures to share with the children, senior patients and staff, including beads, cannonballs, activity books and other exclusively produced YMKG pirate throws.

The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will visit the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.:

The Crossings at Riverview ….… 8:30 a.m.
(8451 U.S Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL)
Tampa General Hospital …..…… 9:30 a.m.
(1 Tampa General Circle, Tampa, FL)
All Children’s Hospital …..……. 9:30 a.m.
(501 6th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL)
Brandon Regional Hospital …….. 9:30 a.m.
(286 S Moon Avenue, Brandon, FL)
Pepin Academies ………………… 9:30 a.m.
(3916 E. Hillsborough, Tampa, FL)

The Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest … featuring the Gasparilla Invasion, Parade of the Pirates and Pirate Fest is scheduled to begin on Friday January 29th with a Gasparilla Pre Invasion Celebration featuring The Swon Brothers, with Special Guests Howie Day and The Hip Abduction. Gates open at 5 p.m., with General Admission Tickets $20 each, available from or by calling (813) 251-8844.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues on Saturday, January 30th 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

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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