Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER BRINGS PRE-PARADE & POST PARADE ENTERTAINMENT ALONG RIVERWALK

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GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER
BRINGS PRE-PARADE & POST PARADE ENTERTAINMENT
ALONG RIVERWALK

January 23, 2018
CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
EventFest, Inc.
(813) 251-3378

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are excited to announce the final talent schedule for Gasparilla Pirate Fest presented by Budweiser this Saturday, January 27, 2018 …. As part of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest weekend in Tampa. All stages are free to attend.

SCHEDULE OF PIRATE FEST ENTERTAINMENT:

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

For additional information or to purchase 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.

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST SPONSORS AS OF THE DATE OF THIS RELEASE INCLUDE:

Title Sponsor – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa; Adams & Reese, LLP; Alley, Clark, Greiwe; Amalie Oil; Anheuser Busch/Budweiser; Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; Captain Morgan Rum; Carey, O’Malley, Whitaker & Mueller P.A.; Centro Tampa; EO Members of Tampa Bay; Ferg’s Live Tampa; Florida Funders; Highland Capital Brokerage; Hillsborough County; Hornitos Tequila; 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; Irish 31; Jim Beam Black Bourbon; Lyft; Maker’s Mark Bourbon; Maker’s 46 Bourbon; O Cocina; Peak Power Services; Premier Data Services; Ripa & Associates; Sauza Blue Tequila; Southern Chevy Dealers; Stepp’s Towing; Sunset Salsa; The City of Tampa; The Hadlow Family; The Marylou Bailey Family; The Tampa Bay Times; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo; TMS of South Tampa; Visit Tampa Bay; Vology; WFLA News Channel 8; and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Gasparilla Treasures™ and Tampa’s signature and historic Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s 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.

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CAPTAIN MORGAN® to Give Away up to $20,000 Worth of Lyft Rides to Help Gasparilla Attendees Get Home Safely

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

CAPTAIN MORGAN® to Give Away up to $20,000 Worth of Lyft Rides to Help Gasparilla Attendees Get Home Safely

CM LogoRum Brand Teaming Up With Lyft to Fund Safe Rides during Gasparilla 

WHAT: To ensure Gasparilla attendees are celebrating responsibly and
making it home safely this weekend, Captain Morgan will join forces with Lyft to provide safe rides home for festival-goers 21 and over.

As people gear up for the Gasparilla, the rum brand is giving away up to $20,000 worth of Lyft ride discounts over the weekend.

Gasparilla attendees 21 and older can enter promo code ‘LIKEACAPTAIN’ in the Lyft app, to redeem for one ride from 12:00 a.m. on Saturday the 27th through 12:00 p.m. on Sunday the 28th.  Supplies are limited, and the first 1,000 users to enter the code will receive a $20.00 ride discount.

The voucher is only eligible for rides taken to or from 5 miles of Tampa proper.

CONTACT: Joe Clarkson Taylor
(814) 599-2332

jclarkson@taylorstrategy.com

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PIRATES TO SHARE GASPARILLA TREASURES WITH LOCAL HOSPITALS & SCHOOLS ON TUESDAY …

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

For more information, contact:
Don Barnes, Executive Officer – Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
813-251-4500

PIRATES TO SHARE GASPARILLA TREASURES WITH LOCAL HOSPITALS & SCHOOLS ON TUESDAY …

Tampa, FL – January 22, 2018:  Tomorrow, on Tuesday, January 23rd, an elite group of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s most decorated pirates (Ye 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 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Florida Hospital, MacDonald’s Training Center, along with Pepin Academies and Pyramid.

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, hockey pucks, cannonballs, activity books and other exclusively produced YMKG pirate throws.

The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will visit the following locations between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.:  Note: Hospital/School / Point of Contact (POC) / ETA of Pirates Arrival.

  • 9:00am Pepin Academies Daviera Powell (813) 236 – 1755
  • 9:00am Pyramid: Zanda Moore (813) 931 – 3751
  • 9:30am Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: Roy Adams (727) 767 – 4456
  • 9:30am Tampa General Hospital: Ellen Fiss (813) 924 – 2634
  • 9:30am Brandon Regional:  Jennifer Breggman (610) 952 – 6011
  • 9:30am Florida Hospital: Jennifer Bradley (813) 615 – 7136
  • 9:30am MacDonald’s: Rita (813) 870 – 1300 x252

The Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is Januaruy 27, 2018 and occurs on the same weekend as the NHL All-Star Events in Tampa in 2018. Gasparilla Pirate Fest features the historic Gasparilla Invasion & Parade of the Pirates, which has been presented annually since 1904 by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. The Pirate Fest Street Festival is presented by Budweiser and will feature live entertainment before and after the parade in downtown Tampa. Reserved Gasparilla Parade Seating can still be ordered form www.GasparillaTreasures.com or by calling (813) 251-8844.

The Gasparilla Invasion begins at 11:30 a.m. in south Hillsborough Bay and lands at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m.. The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates begins at 2 p.m. at Bayshore Boulevard and Bay to Bay. Event Details are found at www.GasparillaPirateFest.com.

PIRATES TO NEGOTIATE TAMPA’S SURRENDER IN ADVANCE OF IMPENDING INVASION

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

For more information, contact:  Don Barnes, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (813) 251-4500 – January 22, 2018

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Tampa, FL – Last week, on a cold January morning three elite members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Ultra-Secret Special Operations Unit infiltrated Tampa’s defenses and stormed into City Hall, presenting the Mayor with a warning letter from their Captain, Christopher Lykes.  The warning letter, signed in blood commands that Mayor Bob Buckhorn meet with Captain Lykes at high noon on Tuesday, January 23rd in downtown Tampa to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the City, and avoid a long and costly battle.

The Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, accompanied by an elite corps of his finest mates, will invade downtown Tampa on January 23rd, arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. to the soun ds of theatrical cannons to “discuss” the surrender of Tampa with Mayor Bob Buckhorn in advance of Saturday’s historic Gasparilla Invasion (January 27, 2018).  As the Captain expects the Mayor to resist, plans have been developed to respectfully deliver the Mayor to Lykes Gaslight Park on Franklin Street, between Kennedy and Madison to negotiate with the Captain.

The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Tampa’s historic Community celebration begins on Saturday, with the Gasparilla Invasion, scheduled for 11 a.m. with the Jose Gasparilla docking tableside at the Tampa Convention Center’s Invasion Brunch at 1 p.m. Following the Mayor surrendering the key to the City at approximately 1:15 p.m., the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will begin at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has proudly presented Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates since 1904.

2018 GASPARILLA RAIDING PARTY

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

11:30 a.m.       Pirates arrive (noisily) in downtown Tampa via float, on west side (Tampa Street) of Lykes Gaslight Park at Franklin and Kennedy***

NOON              Pirates meet with Mayor to negotiate the city’s surrender***

(*** indicates theatrical noise props may be used)

Media parking for the Mayor’s Raiding Party event will be available on the north curb of Kennedy, between Franklin and Florida.

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Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co. is the Official Coffee of Tampa’s Gasparilla Celebration

For Immediate Release

For additional information, please contact:

Giovanni Gutierrez, Director of Marketing
(813) 413-9211, giovanni@joffreys.com

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Legend has it Jose Gaspar, one of the last Buccaneers, sailed the seas with a taste for adventure and treasure.  Gaspar charted a course in search of a new fortune, and reached the lands of what we now know as Indonesia and Africa.  This is where he discovered the treasure he was searching for: coffee cherries.

Passed down through many generations, Joffrey’s Roastmaster is one of the few to hold the mystery of these cherries’ historic location, as well as the secrets of their delicacy and flavor. We took Gaspar’s treasured cherries and roasted them to bring out the Tampa Bay Pirate that lies in us all. This year, we are proud to be the Official Coffee of Tampa’s Gasparilla Celebration and share with you the amazing secret of Gaspar’s Brew.

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. finds Gaspar’s Brew to be the perfect blend of Tampa Bay’s heritage and the vibrancy Tampa has today.  Ted Abrams, CEO of Joffrey’s shared; “Being a part of the Tampa Bay community since 1984, we are extremely honored and excited to be the Official Coffee for Tampa’s Gasparilla Celebration, and to bring this unique blend to life.”

Curious to try Gaspar’s Brew? Joffrey’s Coffee Truck will be stationed at Bayshore Blvd. NB and S. Howard Ave. for Gasparilla Children’s Extravaganza serving coffee, tea, smoothies and pastries.  Gaspar’s Brew will be featured at Gasparilla signature events

Gaspar’s Brew is available for purchase at Joffreys.com and GasparillaTreasures.com.   For more details on Gaspar’s Brew and Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co., contact Giovanni Gutierrez, Marketing Director, at giovanni@joffreys.com.

Gasparilla Treasures™ and Tampa’s signature and historic Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s 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.

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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. was established in 1984 as one of the first specialty roasters in Florida and is currently headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Our passion for truly exceptional coffee and tea is reflected in our commitment to sourcing only 100% Arabica Beans for our coffees, and only the finest leaves to produce our black, white and green teas and tisanes. Our dedication to quality products, innovation, and customer service are just a few of the reasons why Joffrey’s adds value to establishments all over the United States. It’s also how we were awarded the honor of being the Official Specialty Coffee of Walt Disney World®, Disneyland®, and Disney® Vacation Club. The Joffrey’s mission is to provide every customer with the ultimate coffee and tea experience.

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST COMMUNITY HERO ANNOUNCED!

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America’s First Female Four-Star U.S. Army General Honored as 2018 Community Hero 

January 9, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CONTACT:  DARRELL STEFANY, EVENTFEST  (813) 251-3378                                                                                                                                                                         NIKKI BALLES, SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TAMPA (813)  627 – 7625

TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc., Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa are proud to announce the Community Hero for the 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Fest.

The Community Hero is an individual residing within the Tampa Bay community who offers their courage, strength and self-sacrifice in the service of others and this year, America’s first female four-star U.S. Army General, Ann Dunwoody has been selected.

“We are very proud to honor General Ann Dunwoody as the Community Hero for the 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Fest,” said Seminole Hard Rock Tampa President, Joe Lupo. “We’re grateful and humbled by General Dunwoody and what she has accomplished not only in our community, but also in our country.”

General Dunwoody led and ran the largest global logistics command in the Army comprising 69,000 military and civilians, located in all 50 states and over 140 countries. She managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts. Additionally, she managed and operationalized the Army’s global supply chain in support of Iraq and Afghanistan, contingency operations in Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan, while simultaneously moving the Command Headquarters from Fort Belvoir, VA to Huntsville, AL as a result of Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC).

General Dunwoody has over 37 years of service to our country and has overseen multi-billion dollar budgets, commanded tens of thousands of military personnel, and has made a lasting impact with her dedication to service. Her historic distinction of being the first woman in United States Military history to achieve the rank of four-star general is just one of the many accomplishments she has earned in her stellar career.

“I am tremendously grateful and honored to be recognized as this year’s Community Hero for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. This is a wonderful partnership between Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and EventFest, Inc. that supports the City of Tampa and the beautiful community that we live in. I’m genuinely thrilled to be part of the team,” said General Ann Dunwoody.

EventFest, Inc., Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa are excited to host an All-Star studded weekend in January with the NHL All-Star game and activities occurring on the same weekend as the 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Fest in Tampa.

The 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th, 2018, 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.

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 on the Jose Gasparilla, docking tableside at 1 p.m. 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 (Advanced Ticket Pricing: Adults: $103, Child: $78) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Advanced Ticket Pricing: Adult COMBO $138, Child COMBO $113) are available at www.GasparillaTreasures.com.

GASPARILLA PARADE OF THE PIRATES PRESENTED BY YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA: Following another successful invasion by the pirates of YMKG, a victory parade begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates sponsored by Southern Chevy Dealers, and presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way down Bayshore Blvd. and through downtown Tampa.

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST STREET FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER:

  • Pre-parade beginning at 9am as well as post parade live entertainment until 8 p.m. takes place at the following stage locations:
  • Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Twiggs and Ashley
  • MacDill Park, Whiting and Ashley
  • Sail Pavilion / Tampa Convention Center
  • Ferg’s Live Tampa, Jefferson and Channelside

Official Gasparilla Pirate Fest After Party Location – Ferg’s Live Tampa! Enjoy food and beverage specials, live entertainment and so much more at ye matey’s favorite spot in town!

Be sure to join this season’s piratical conversation and share your favorite memories with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

RESERVED TICKET INFO: Advanced Pricing for Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $48, per person (plus tax).  For additional information or to purchase tickets or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, visit www.GasparillaTreasures.com.  Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling EventFest’s Gasparilla Ticket Reservation Line at (813) 251-8844.  A ticket representative will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

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 (1/20/18) 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.

ABOUT GASPARILLATREASURES™: Official licensed merchandise created exclusively for or licensed by EventFest for Tampa’s historic signature Gasparilla events are marketed under the Gasparilla Treasures™ name and with most treasure found at www.GasparillaTreasures.com website. Some treasure is found exclusively at the Gasparilla Treasures™ retail location at 1200 W. Cass Street just west of downtown Tampa, between North Boulevard and Willow. All proceeds from the sale or licensing of Gasparilla Treasures™ products and merchandise support Tampa’s signature Gasparilla events, including the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla Outbound Voyage.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

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.

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST SPONSORS AS OF THE DATE OF THIS RELEASE INCLUDE:

Title Sponsor – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa; Adams & Reese, LLP; Alley, Clark, Greiwe; Amalie Oil; Anheuser Busch/Budweiser; Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; Captain Morgan Rum; Carey, O’Malley, Whitaker & Mueller P.A.; Centro Tampa; EO Members of Tampa Bay; Ferg’s Live Tampa; Florida Funders; Highland Capital Brokerage; Hillsborough County; Hornitos Tequila; 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; Irish 31; Jim Beam Black Bourbon; Lyft; Maker’s Mark Bourbon; Maker’s 46 Bourbon; O Cocina; Peak Power Services; Premier Data Services; Ripa & Associates; Sauza Blue Tequila; Southern Chevy Dealers; Stepp’s Towing; Sunset Salsa; The City of Tampa; The Hadlow Family; The Marylou Bailey Family; The Tampa Bay Times; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo; TMS of South Tampa; Visit Tampa Bay; Vology; WFLA News Channel 8; and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Gasparilla Treasures™ and Tampa’s signature and historic Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s 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.

Grand Marshal Announced For 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

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CONTACTS:  

Don Barnes, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, (813) 251-4500, DonB@YMKG.com
Bill Wickett, Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment, (813) 352-9167, Bwickett@amaliearena.com

 

Grand Marshal Announced For 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest,
Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

TAMPA, Fla.  (December 26, 2017) – Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, along with EventFest, Inc. and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa, announced today that former Tampa Bay Lightning Centerman and NHL All-Star Vincent Lecavalier will be the Grand Marshal for the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates.

“Vinny Lecavalier was the perfect choice as our Grand Marshal this year as we host the NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa” said Christopher Lykes, Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. “Vinny was a force with the Lightning and a force as an NHL All-Star. He has continued his leadership by being an active and positive role model in our Community” added Lykes.

“I am honored and grateful to Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla for selecting me to be the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Pirate Fest and Parade, especially at a time when the Lightning will be hosting the All-Star Game in our community,” said Lecavalier. “Tampa Bay is a special place with great traditions and the Lightning and Gasparilla are two of them. I look forward to representing both with pride in the parade.”

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is title sponsor of Gasparilla Pirate Fest, which is scheduled for January 27, 2018. Tampa’s historic Community celebration features the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla since 1904, and hosts the Pirate Fest Street Festival, presented by Budweiser with live entertainment in downtown Tampa before and after the Parade of the Pirates. Up to the minute event details can be found at www.GasparillaPirateFest.com, with reserved Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Gasparilla Parade tickets available at www.GasparillaTreasures.com, or by calling Gasparilla Tickets at (813) 251-8844. Officially licensed Gasparilla Treasures™ merchandise and Tampa’s signature Gasparilla events are marketed, managed and produced by EventFest, Inc.

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 250,000 visitors annually.  The economic impact from the one-day Invasion and Parade of Pirates tops $22 million annually.  The YMKG Children’s Gasparilla Parade – which began in 1947, is now recognized by many as the largest Children’s Parade in the United States, offering a family-friendly, alcohol-free venue for over 100,000 annual visitors from Florida and around the world.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

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 new state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and a new art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and offers six award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the fine dining venue Council Oak Steaks & Seafood. 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.

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