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TAMPA, FL – The 2019 Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 26th and 27th, 2019, and will feature the historic Gasparilla Invasion, the Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival presented by Budweiser in downtown, Tampa. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest in 2019 has expanded to Sunday by launching the 1st Annual Gasparilla JazzFEST and Sunday Brunch in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Sunday, January 27th from 10am – 4pm.


GASPARILLA INVASION BRUNCH: The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center provides the best view in town of the historic Gasparilla Invasion, as Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail on the Jose Gasparilla, docking tableside at 1pm. This brunch includes a buffet with cash bar and reserved table seating for one of the most unique and colorful spectacles in the world. Brunch Tickets are $120 and Brunch & Bleacher COMBO Tickets are $155, both available or by calling Gasparilla tickets at (813) 251-8844.

GASPARILLA PARADE OF THE PIRATES PRESENTED BY YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA: Following the invasion, a victory parade begins at 2pm at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4 ½ mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way down Bayshore Blvd. and through downtown Tampa. Reserved Gasparilla Bleacher Seating Tickets are $60 (plus tax).  To purchase tickets or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, visit or call Gasparilla tickets at (813) 251-8844.

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST STREET FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER: Pre-parade live entertainment beginning at 10am as well as post parade until 8pm takes place on stages located at both Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Latin Stage) and MacDill Park (Rock Stage).

The Macdill Park Stage schedule:

10am – 3pm    Almost Alice

6pm – 8pm      Almost Alice

The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Stage schedule:

10am – 10:30am         Rumba Background Music

10:30am – 12pm         Zumba

12pm – 1pm                Rumba DJ

1pm – 3pm                  Fred Lopez

3pm – 5pm                  Rumba DJ

5:30pm – 7pm             Son D Barrio

7pm – 8pm                  Rumba DJ

OFFICIAL GASPARILLA PARTY HEADQUARTERS: Join American Social, the Official Gasparilla Party Headquarters, for an Invasion Brunch Party and Open Bar from 10am – 4pm on the dock! Be sure to make your table reservations for the Official After Party post parade before they sell out! Enjoy food and beverage specials, live entertainment and so much more at ye favorite spot in town throughout the entire weekend!


GASPARILLA JAZZFEST & SUNDAY BRUNCH: New this year, the Gasparilla JazzFEST is a free, family-friendly event featuring live entertainment from 10am until 4pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Gasparilla JazzFEST is proud to welcome as headliner, Grammy-nominated flautist and saxophonist, Najee, whose multiple Gold and Platinum albums and star-studded collaborations qualify him as a true icon of Jazz and R&B.

Jeanette Harris and Althea Rena will open the show.  Harris, the saxtress of smooth jazz, hit the Billboard charts with her cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” and has recorded and toured extensively with many well-known artists. Rena, daughter of Motown’s Funk Brother, Dezie McCullers, became the first flute player to reach the Number One spot on the Billboard Chart with her latest album’s title track, “In the Flow.”

Rounding out the line-up is Chicago transplant and local Tampa Bay favorite, Omari Dillard, a classically-trained piano and violin child prodigy whose versatile range includes everything from country and gospel to hip hop and rock.

The Gasparilla JazzFEST entertainment schedule:

10am – 12pm              Jeanette Harris and Althea Raye

12:30pm – 2:30pm      NAJEE

3pm – 4pm                  Omari Dillard

Note: Artist and stage management by Jazz Thyme Productions.

Food trucks and vendors will offer a variety of brunch options throughout the park, but discriminating diners may want to opt for the VIP Brunch Ticket with reserved, elevated seating and a menu as varied as the day’s music. Featuring breakfast staples such as bacon & eggs, smoked salmon & bagels, bananas foster, and fresh fruit, guests will also enjoy regional specialties such as cheese grits, Café con Leche and the ultimate Ybor Classic Benedict – poached egg over toasted Cuban bread, topped with roast pork, hollandaise and parsley.

The Gasparilla JazzFEST VIP Brunch will be served from 11am – 2pm, including the catered brunch and two complimentary drink tickets. Tickets, priced at $65, are available at or by calling Gasparilla tickets (813) 251-8844.

BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES APPEARANCE:  A last-minute addition to Sunday’s event is an unusual opportunity to meet two of the magnificent Clydesdale horses featured in many memorable Budweiser ads and events. The Clydesdales will be visiting at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 12pm – 2pm.

Be sure to join the piratical conversation and share your favorite memories with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

ABOUT YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA: Inspired by the legend of Pirate Jose Gaspar, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla was founded in 1904 as an organization dedicated to enriching a sense of community in Tampa and celebrating the history of our great city. Over the past 114 years, the YMKG Invasion and Parade of Pirates has evolved into the third largest parade in the United States, attracting over 200,000 visitors annually. The economic impact from the one-day event tops $22 million annually. The Children’s Gasparilla Parade (1/19/19) is also reportedly the largest of its kind in the United States, offering a family-friendly, alcohol-free venue for over 100,000 visitors from around the world.


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and an art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.


Title Sponsor – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa; Alley, Clark, Greiwe; Amalie Oil; American Social Tampa; Anheuser Busch/Budweiser; Beam Suntory; Blackrock Milling; Captain Morgan Rum; Carey, O’Malley, Whitaker, Mueller, Roberts & Smith, P.A.; Centro Tampa; City of Tampa; EquiAlt; Fisher Boys Tent; Florida Funders; GreenPages Technology Solutions; Highland Capital Brokerage; Hillsborough County; iHeartRadio Tampa Bay including – 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 93.3 FLZ. 95.7 The Beat, 98 Rock, Mix 100.7, Newsradio 970 WFLA, Rumba 106.5 and US 103.5; Jim Beam Black Bourbon; Lyft; Maker’s Mark Bourbon; Maker’s 46 Bourbon; OnBikes; Peak Power Services; Premier Data Services; SKANSKA;  Stepp’s Towing; T-Mobile; The Hadlow Family; The Marylou Bailey Family; The Tampa Bay Times;; Tech Data; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; TMS of South Tampa; Triton Construction Group; Visit St. Pete Clearwater; Verizon Wireless; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA News Channel 8; and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Gasparilla Treasures™ and Tampa’s signature Gasparilla events including the Ashley HomeStore Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay, Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.