Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Gasparilla Pirates Set Sail for the Seas from Channelside Bay Plaza

WHAT: Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will celebrate their conquest of Tampa with a festive celebration at Channelside Bay Plaza that will include live music and merriment, as Tampa’s favorite pirates make ready to leave the city.

The captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla meets with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who seeks the return of the key to the city. After a brief encounter, the captain and his mates board the Jose Gasparilla and sail back out to sea with a final cannon salute launched toward downtown Tampa. Get more information about this FREE event at http://gasparillapiratefest.com/outbound-voyage/

WHEN: Saturday, February 27th from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.       

WHERE: 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida

About Gasparilla and the 2016 Gasparilla Outbound Voyage

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has hosted and sponsored Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration since 1904. Now recognized as one of the largest Community celebration’s in the country, Tampa’s historic Community celebration by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s events include the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Outbound Voyage. The YMKG events are managed, marketed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. in Tampa.

About Channelside Bay Plaza

Channelside Bay Plaza is a 230,532 square foot, two story regional entertainment lifestyle center located along the Garrison Channel waterfront at the southeast corner of the intersection of Garrison Street and Channelside Drive in Tampa’s historic Channel District. Anchored by Hooters and Splitsville, the property is home to a diverse mix of retail, restaurant, and entertainment tenants. It was purchased by an entity controlled by the Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik in 2014 and is leased and managed by Franklin Street. For more information on the plaza and upcoming events, visit ChannelsideBayPlaza.com. For leasing opportunities, visit ChannelsideLeasing.com.

About Franklin Street: Franklin Street is a family of full-service real estate companies focused on delivering value-added solutions to meet the evolving needs of clients. Through a collaborative philosophy of leveraging the resources, expertise, and experience of each of its divisions—Real Estate, Capital, Insurance, Management, and Valuation—Franklin Street offers unmatched value and optimal solutions for clients nationwide. For more information on Franklin Street, please visit FranklinSt.com.

Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates Live Broadcast to be shown in Curtis Hixon Park in 2016

TAMPA, FL – Today EventFest, Inc. announced that the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates live broadcast will air on a large video screen in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 2:30pm – 5:00pm.

  • The Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will include pre parade entertainment featuring Evan Koteles from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Additionally, Boxcar Hollow will play both pre and post parade with sets from 1:00pm – 2:30pm and again from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
  • A Latin themed entertainment stage, the Gasparilla Invasion Stage, is scheduled to be located downtown in MacDill Park, on the west side of Ashley Drive along the river between Whiting and Jackson Streets. SOL CARIBE will provide hot salsa sounds both pre and post parade in 2016 from MacDill Park along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.

The 2016 Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th 2016, and will feature the Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration, the historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, driven by Chevrolet and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Streel Festival in downtown Tampa.

About the Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration on Friday, January 29:

The Swon Brothers will headline the 2nd Annual Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration, presented by Budweiser on Friday, January 29, 2016 … the kick-off to an expanded Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest weekend in Tampa. The event will take place in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and gates will open at 5 p.m. Also playing is Special Guest Howie Day and The Hip Abduction who will open the show at 6pm.

General Admission (lawn seating) tickets are now available for $20 each, tax included. Tickets are available on site in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park beginning at 3:30pm.

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 theJose Gasparilla, and dock 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 (Adults: $95, Child: $75) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $125, Child COMBO $105) are available on-line (www.GasparillaTreasures.com) or by phone (813) 251-8844.

About the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, driven by Chevrolet: Following another successful invasion by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the focus shifts to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard, where a victory parade begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, driven by Chevrolet which has been presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way along Hillsboro Bay into downtown Tampa, with over 100 units – featuring approximately ninety (90) floats, marching bands and over fifty (50) participating social organizations (i.e. Krewes).

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel down Bayshore from Bay to Bay 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 Cultural Arts District in downtown Tampa.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $45, per person (plus tax).  For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, 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 Reservation 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; BrightLine; Captain Morgan Rum; Carey, O’Malley, Whitaker & Muller P.A.; Centro Tampa; Chevrolet; CocaCola; iHeartRadio Tampa Bay including – 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 93.3 FLZ. 95.7 The Beat, 98 Rock, Mix 100.7, Newsradio 970 WFLA and US 103.5; Highland Capital Brokerage; O’Cocina & Flights; Peak Power Services; Professional Insurance Center; Rex Goliath Wines; Ripa & Associates; Skanska; Stepp’s Towing; Sunset Salsa; Tampa Bay Rays; The City of Tampa; The Hadlow Family; The Marylou Bailey Family; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo; Verizon Wireless; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA News Channel 8; Yacht StarShip and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Tampa’s 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.

PIRATES TO SHARE GASPARILLA TREASURES WITH LOCAL HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS ON TUESDAY

Tampa, FL – January 25, 2016:  On Tuesday, January 26th, a select group of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s most decorated pirates (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 All Children’s Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, along with Pepin Academies and The Crossings at Riverview.

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

The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will visit the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.:

The Crossings at Riverview ….… 8:30 a.m.

(8451 U.S Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL)

Tampa General Hospital …..…… 9:30 a.m.

(1 Tampa General Circle, Tampa, FL)

All Children’s Hospital …..…….   9:30 a.m.

(501 6th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL)

Brandon Regional Hospital …….. 9:30 a.m.

(286 S Moon Avenue, Brandon, FL)

   Pepin Academies ………………… 9:30 a.m.

(3916 E. Hillsborough, Tampa, FL)

The Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest … featuring the Gasparilla Invasion, Parade of the Pirates and Pirate Fest is scheduled to begin on Friday January 29th with a Gasparilla Pre Invasion Celebration featuring The Swon Brothers, with Special Guests Howie Day and The Hip Abduction. Gates open at 5 p.m., with General Admission Tickets $20 each, available from www.GasparillaTreasures.com or by calling (813) 251-8844.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues on Saturday, January 30th with the Invasion at 11:30 a.m. and the Gasparilla Parade beginning at 2 p.m. on Bayshore Boulevard from Bay to Bay to Downtown Tampa. Event Details are found at www.GasparillaPirateFest.com

Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Invasion and Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates have been presented annually since 1904 by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

 

 

PIRATES WARN OF IMPENDING INVASION OF THE CITY

Tampa, FL – This week, on a cold January morning two 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, J. Rex Farrior, III.  The warning letter, signed in blood commands that Mayor Bob Buckhorn meet with Captain Farrior at high noon on Tuesday, January 26th in downtown Tampa to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the City, and avoid a long and costly battle.

It has been whispered the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, accompanied by an elite corps of his finest mates, are planning to descend upon downtown Tampa on January 26th, arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. accompanied by the customary theatrical noise props (cannons) to “discuss” with Mayor Bob Buckhorn the advantages in surrendering the key to City of Tampa in advance of Saturday’s historic Gasparilla Invasion.  Should the Mayor choose not to voluntarily meet the Captain at the appointed date and time, it is feared he may be taken by force and  respectfully delivered to the appointed meeting place, rumored to be at Lykes Gaslight Park on Franklin Street, between Kennedy and Madison.

The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest begins on Friday evening, January 29th with the second annual Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration in Downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park featuring The Swon Brothers, special guest Howie Day and The Hip Abduction.   Tampa’s historic Community event continues 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.

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

2016 GASPARILLA RAIDING PARTY

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

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

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

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

Talent for Gasparilla Stages Rocks in 2016

EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are excited to welcome back the annual Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest to the Tampa Bay area.

The 2016 Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th 2016, and will feature the Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration, the historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, driven by Chevrolet and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Streel Festival in downtown Tampa.

About the Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration on Friday, January 29:

The Swon Brothers will headline the 2nd Annual Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration, presented by Budweiser on Friday, January 29, 2016 … the kick-off to an expanded Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest weekend in Tampa. The event will take place in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and gates will open at 5 p.m. Also playing is Special Guest Howie Day and The Hip Abductionwho will open the show at 6pm.

General Admission (lawn seating) tickets are now available for $20 each, tax included. Tickets are available exclusively from EventFest, with online sales at www.GasparillaTreasures.com, or by phone at (813) 251-8844.

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, and dock 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 (Adults: $95, Child: $75) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $125, Child COMBO $105) are available on-line (www.GasparillaTreasures.com) or by phone (813) 251-8844.

About the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, driven by Chevrolet: Following another successful invasion by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the focus shifts to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard, where a victory parade begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, driven by Chevrolet which has been presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way along Hillsboro Bay into downtown Tampa, with over 100 units – featuring approximately ninety (90) floats, marching bands and over fifty (50) participating social organizations (i.e. Krewes).

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel down Bayshore from Bay to Bay 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 Cultural Arts District in downtown Tampa.

About the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival on Saturday, January 30:

  • The Gasparilla Pirate Fest stage at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will include pre parade entertainment featuring Evan Koteles. Additionally, Boxcar Hallow will provide entertainment both pre and post parade.
  • A Latin themed entertainment stage, the Gasparilla Invasion Stage, is scheduled to be located downtown in MacDill Park, on the west side of Ashley Drive along the river between Whiting and Jackson Streets. SOL CARIBE will provide hot salsa sounds both pre and post parade in 2016 from MacDill Park along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $45, per person (plus tax).  For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, 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 Reservation Line at(813) 251-8844.  A ticket representative will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., MondayFriday.

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; BrightLine; Captain Morgan Rum; Carey, O’Malley, Whitaker & Muller P.A.; Centro Tampa; Chevrolet; CocaCola; iHeartRadio Tampa Bay including – 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 93.3 FLZ. 95.7 The Beat, 98 Rock, Mix 100.7, Newsradio 970 WFLA and US 103.5; Highland Capital Brokerage; O’Cocina & Flights; Peak Power Services; Professional Insurance Center; Rex Goliath Wines; Ripa & Associates; Skanska; Stepp’s Towing; Sunset Salsa; Tampa Bay Rays; The City of Tampa; The Hadlow Family; The Marylou Bailey Family; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo; Verizon Wireless; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA News Channel 8; Yacht StarShip and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Tampa’s 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 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

CONTACTS:

Nikki Yourison, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, (813) 627-7623, nikki.yourison@seminolehardrock.com
Chris Dirato, Bitner Goodman, (954) 703-7938, chris@bitnergoodman.com

TAMPA, Fla. (December 9, 2015) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, along with EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, announced today that Chief Warrant Officer Romulo “Romy” Camargo will be the Grand Marshal for the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is in the midst of a three-year run as title sponsor of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, which is scheduled for January 29-30, 2016. The event will feature the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, as well as the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.

Camargo was an Army Special Forces officer who was shot in the neck and paralyzed from the shoulders down during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2008. This past spring, after 20 years in the service, he retired.

Along with his wife, Gaby, Camargo now runs the Tampa-based “Stay in Step,” which is a non-profit spinal cord injury recovery center that provides rehab programs and equipment and allows for quadriplegics and paraplegics the ability to stand and exercise.

“It’s an honor to announce that Chief Warrant Officer Camargo will be the Grand Marshal for the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates,” said Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa President John Fontana. “Chief Warrant Officer Camargo is a real American hero and someone we should all look up to with utmost respect for his service to our country.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida and the place where celebrities love to stay and play. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, this electrifying casino destination is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world and is located in Tampa, Florida off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. Featuring high stakes table games along with thousands of the hottest slot machines, the rock star amenities at this AAA Four Diamond rated hotel and casino range from seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, a newly renovated Rock Spa® and VIP services galore. The casino offers a valet service or free, self-parking. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 204 venues in 64 countries, including 157 cafes, 22 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Lagos and Gran Canaria, Spain. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

2016 PRE-INVASION CELEBRATION HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED!

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December 1, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla announced today that The Swon Brothers will headline the Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration, presented by Budweiser on Friday, January 29, 2016 …. the kick-off to an expanded Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest weekend in Tampa. The event will take place in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and gates will open at 5 p.m., with The Hip Abduction opening at 6 p.m.

General Admission (lawn seating) tickets are now available for $20 each, tax included. Tickets are available exclusively from EventFest, with online sales at www.GasparillaTreasures.com, or by phone at (813) 251-8844.

Howie Day has been confirmed as Special Guest, with The Hip Abduction opening the 2016 show. “We are delighted to host The Swon Brothers, Howie Day and The Hip Abduction for our 2nd Annual Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration, presented by Budweiser on January 29th” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest and Project Manager for Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration. “Our goal is to expand what is recognized as one of the best parties in the nation with a memorable Pre-Invasion celebration and literally light-up Friday night as we make ready for Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade on Saturday” Stefany added.

The Swon Brothers won NBC’s The Voice competition in 2014, and will open for Carrie Underwood’s 40-city Spring 2016 Tour beginning in Jacksonville on 1/30/2016. Bio’s and pictures are attached for all artists.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest has historically hosted its main concert on Saturday evening following the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG). In an effort to expand Gasparilla Pirate Fest and encourage visitors to come to Tampa for the entire weekend, the decision was made to move the GPF Concert to Friday night, and to create a Pre-Invasion Celebration that would benefit the YMKG Gasparilla Community Fund and one of the local charities selected to host a beer garden at Gasparilla Pirate Fest in 2016. This year, the Pepin Academies will host the beer garden on Curtis Hixon for both Friday’s Pre-Invasion Celebration as well as Saturday for the Invasion and Parade.

About Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 29 & 30, 2016, 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: $95, Child: $75) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $125, Child COMBO $105) 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 the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival: Gasparilla Pirate Fest begins on Friday January 29, 2016 with the Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration. This fun-filled pre-party, Gasparilla celebration will kick-off Tampa’s “piratical” festivities with a variety of live entertainment in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – located on the east side of the Hillsborough River across from the University of Tampa between Madison and Polk. On Saturday, entertainment continues at stages throughout downtown Tampa, along the Riverwalk.

A Latin themed entertainment stage is located downtown in MacDill Park, on the west side of Ashley Drive along the river between Whiting and Jackson Streets. Hot salsa sounds both pre and post parade in 2016 from MacDill Park along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa makes this spot a great location to dance and view the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates in Downtown Tampa.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $45, (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 2016! Our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating has been expanded in 2016 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 $59 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 & Reese, LLC; Alley, Clark, Greiwe; Amalie Oil Company; Anheuser-Busch inBev, Inc; BrightLine, Carey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.; CENTRO Tampa; The City of Tampa; 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, 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, News Radio 970 WFLA; Diageo – Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; Hadlow Family; Highland Capital Brokerage, Hillsborough County; O’Cocina & Flights, Peak Power Services, Professional Insurance Center; Rex Goliath Wine, Ripa & Associates, Skanska Builders, USA; Sunset Salsa; Tampa Bay Rays, The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo Tampa; Marylou Bailey Family; Visit Tampa Bay; WFLA–TV News Channel 8, Yacht Starship 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.

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THE SWON BROTHERS BIO HERE

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HOWIE DAY BIO HERE

THE HIP ABDUCTION BIO HERE AND PRESS HERE