An expanded Pirate Fest in 2018 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), MacDill Park (Ashley and Whiting), The Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center, and Fergs Tampa (Jefferson and Channelside Drive). Entertainment lineup will be announced later this fall.
About Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for 9:00am to 9:00pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Tampa and will feature the 101st 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 live entertainment, 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: $98 plus tax, Child: $78 plus tax) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $128 plus tax, Child COMBO $108 plus tax) are available on-line (www.GasparillaTreasures.com) 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 Hillsboro Bay into downtown Tampa, with over 140 units – featuring one-hundred three (103) floats, three (3) 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 $45 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 www.GasparillaTreasures.com. 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 2018! Our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating has been expanded in 2018 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 LLP; Alley Clark Greiwe; Amalie Oil Company; Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser; Barefoot Wine and Bubbly; Carey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.; CENTRO Tampa; Circle K; The City of Tampa; Claris Marketing; EO Members of Tampa Bay; Ferg’s Live Tampa; Florida Funders; iHeartRadio-Tampa Bay including: WBTP-FM 95.7 The Beat, WFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZ, WFUS-FM US 103.5, WMTX-FM MIX 100.7, 98 Rock, 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, News Radio 970 WFLA, WRUB-FM Rumba 106.5 ; Captain Morgan Rum; Irish 31; Hadlow Family; Hornitos Tequila; Highland Capital Brokerage; Hillsborough County; Jim Beam Black Bourbon; Lyft; Maker’s Mark Bourbon; Maker’s 46 Bourbon; Marylou Bailey Family; O’Cocina; Peak Power Services; Ripa & Associates; Sauza Blue Tequila; Southern Chevy Dealers; Stepp’s Towing; Sunset Salsa; The Tampa Bay Times; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo Tampa; TMS of South Tampa; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA–TV News Channel 8; Vology; and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
Tampa’s historic Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.
SAIL PAVILION STAGE (MIX100.7):
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
MACDILL PARK STAGE (98 ROCK):
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
CURTIS HIXON WATERFRONT PARK STAGE (LATIN/LA RUMBA 106.5 FM):
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
FERG’S LIVE – THE OFFICIAL GASPARILLA AFTER PARTY HEADQUARTERS (93.3FLZ):
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