Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Pirate Fest

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Downtown Tampa - January 25th, 2020


An expanded Pirate Fest in 2020 will feature stages along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa, presented by Budweiser. Pirate Fest will feature stages with live entertainment pre and post parade in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Ashley and Twiggs), and MacDill Park (Ashley and Whiting). Entertainment lineup will be announced soon.


About Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2020 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for 9:00am to 9:00pm on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in Tampa and will feature the 103nd Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

About the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch: The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center provides the best view in town of the historic Gasparilla Invasion, as the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail up Seddon Channel aboard the Jose Gasparilla accompanied by a majestic flotilla, docking tableside at 1 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center.

The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch includes a buffet brunch with cash bar and reserved table seating for one of the most unique and colorful spectacles found anywhere in the world. Gasparilla Invasion Brunch (Adults: $120 plus tax) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $145 plus tax) are available on-line ( or by phone (813) 251-8844.

About the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates: Following another successful invasion by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the focus shifts to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and South Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. After successfully capturing the Key to the City (once again), the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla celebrate with a victory parade that begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, which has been presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way along Hillsborough Bay into downtown Tampa, with over 140 units – featuring one-hundred three (103) floats, three (5) marching bands and over fifty (50) participating social organizations (i.e. krewes).

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel from Bayshore into downtown Tampa. The Parade will cross into downtown over the Brorein Street bridge, turn north on Ashley Drive, and end at Cass Street and Ashley Drive in the heart of the Cultural Arts District in downtown Tampa.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $50 in advance, (plus tax). For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, Reserved Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log onto Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling EventFest’s Gasparilla Ticket Line at (813) 251-8844. A ticket representative will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

HOT TICKET EXPANDED IN 2020! Our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating has been expanded in 2020 to include the FIRST MATE SOUTH – located on the water side of Bayshore Boulevard, between Ardson and Carolina, and FIRST MATE NORTH – located on the land side of the parade route on Bayshore Boulevard, between Beach and Platt Street. This single row, chair seating provides guaranteed front-row fun at Tampa`s historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates. First Mate Seating Tickets are $60 per person (plus tax) in advance, and are expected to sell out well in advance of the parades again this year.

Reserved Seating for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Parade of the Pirates is limited and available on a first ordered, first reserved basis. All reserved tickets are assigned in the order they are received, therefore guests should order their reserved tickets early to best accommodate any seating preference they may request.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest Sponsors as of the date of this release include:

TITLE SPONSOR: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
ADAMS AND REESE LLPAlley Clark GreiweAmalie Oil CompanyAnheuser-Busch/BudweiserCarey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.CENTRO TampaCircle KThe City of TampaClaris MarketingEO Members of Tampa BayFerg’s Live TampaFlorida FundersiHeartRadio-Tampa Bay including: WBTP-FM 95.7 The BeatWFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZWFUS-FM US 103.5WMTX-FM MIX 100.798 Rock620 WDAE The Sports AnimalNews Radio 970 WFLAWRUB-FM Rumba 106.5 Captain Morgan RumIrish 31; Hadlow Family; Hornitos TequilaHighland Capital BrokerageHillsborough CountyJim Beam Black BourbonLyftMaker’s Mark BourbonMaker’s 46 Bourbon; Marylou Bailey Family; Peak Power ServicesSauza Blue TequilaStepp’s TowingThe Tampa Bay TimesTBO.comTech DataTelemundo TampaTMS of South TampaVisit Tampa BayWFLA–TV News Channel 8Vology; and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

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

2019 Schedule Included:


9:00am – 11:00 am    MARIO VICCARO
11:00am – 1:00pm      ALMOST ALICE
1:00pm – 4:30pm        Break for Parade of the Pirates
4:00pm – 8:00pm        THE RUSTY WRIGHT BAND


10:00am – 11:30am    DJ/STATION MUSIC
11:30am – 3:00pm      NOVA REX
3:00pm – 5:30pm        Break for Parade of the Pirates
5:30pm – 8:00pm        NOVA REX


9:00am – 10:00am      DJ / STATION MUSIC
10:00am – 3:00pm      SOL CARIBE
3:30pm – 5:30pm        Break for Parade of the Pirates
5:30pm – 8:00pm        CALIENTE BAND


11:00am – 2:00pm      DJ RAPHAEL JOHN
2:00pm – 4:30pm        LANNY Z
5:00pm – 7:30pm        JOSH CARROLL BAND
7:30pm – 12:00am      DJ TIM JONES