Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Gasparilla Invasion

Presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

January 25, 2020 - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


“Land, ho! Hoist the mizzen ‘n’ set sail for Tampa!”

Shouts from the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar and his band of marauding buccaneers will ring out across the waters of Hillsborough Bay as they return to invade the City of Tampa.

On Saturday, January 25, at 11:30 a.m., the world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, will magically appear at the south end of Hillsborough Bay. A multitude of pleasure crafts, all intent on defending the city, will boldly sail forth to meet the ship. But quickly seeing the error of their ways, they turn to join forces with the Captain and his Krewe’s flotilla. The colorful Gasparilla Flotilla then makes its way north across Hillsborough Bay and into Seddon Channel (channel between Davis Island & Harbour Island). The Gasparilla Invasion has begun!

Amidst a volley of cannon fire, the City is defenseless.

In this annual re-enactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion, the Gasparilla Flotilla – led by the Jose Gasparilla teeming from bow to stern and capstan to crow’s nest with swashbuckling YMKG pirates – creates a spectacular sight as she heads up Seddon Channel towards downtown Tampa.  When the Jose Gasparilla docks at the Tampa Convention Center (at 1 p.m.), the Mayor will surrender the Key to the City of Tampa into the hands of the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

With the Key to the City in their hands, the jolly Krewe will launch their victory celebration in the Parade of the Pirates down Bayshore Boulevard.

The invasion portion is free to the public. Tickets are available for Gasparilla Brunch at Gasparilla Treasures™.

2020 Menu Includes:


Assorted Muffins

Assorted Danish

Assorted Bagels


Served with ~

  • Butter
  • Fruit Preserves
  • Cream Cheese

Fruit & Cheese Display

Sliced Domestic and Imported Cheeses

Seasonal Fruit

Served with Assorted Crackers

Hot Buffet

Scrambled Eggs

Link Sausage

Crisp Bacon Strips

Breakfast Potatoes

French Toast

Maple Syrup

Carving Station

Cider Baked Boneless Ham

Served With ~

Assorted Split Rolls

Maple Mustard

Pineapple Mustard

Cold Beverages

Assorted Chilled Juices

Spring Water

 — Hot Beverages

Brewed Coffee, Decaf & Gourmet Tea


Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Route: The Jose Gasparilla sets sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay at 11:30 a.m., sails north to Seddon Channel (between Davis Island and Harbour Island), continues north and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1:00 p.m.
Viewing: The best seats for the invasion are at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Convention Center (reserved ticket required and available for purchase at Gasparilla Treasures™).  However, there are many other places in downtown Tampa – waterfront hotels, places along Davis Island and Harbour Island – to view this spectacular event!
Admission Free


Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa
Parking is available at the Tampa Convention Center and throughout downtown, but plan to arrive early as parking fills up quickly for the event.
Admission Reserved ticket required for adults and for children over the age of two.   Shipping and handling fees apply. Purchase tickets at Gasparilla Treasures™.