The Gasparilla Invasion
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
The legendary pirate, Jose Gaspar, and his band of marauding buccaneers
return to Tampa to reenact the historic pirate invasion, which
began in 1904. At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 89, 2012 the Jose
Gasparilla will magically appear at the south end of Hillsborough
Bay. The ship is met by a multitude of pleasure crafts all
intent on defending the City of Tampa. They quickly see the
error of their ways and join the Captain and his Krewe’s
flotilla. The Gasparilla Flotilla then makes its way north
across Hillsborough Bay and into Seddon Channel (the channel between
Davis Island and Harbour Island).
The Gasparilla Flotilla, which is led by YMKG’s Jose
Gasparilla and accompanied by thousands of crafts, is
a spectacle like no other as it makes its way up Seddon Channel
towards downtown Tampa. Amidst a volley of cannon fire, the City
is defenseless as the Jose Gasparilla docks at
the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m. The Mayor surrenders the
Key to the City of Tampa into the hands of the Captain of Ye Mystic
Krewe of Gasparilla at approximately 1:00 p.m.
Following another successful invasion of Tampa, the Pirates gather
on Bayshore Boulevard for a victory parade, which begins at 2:00
p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore.
||Saturday, January 25, 2014
||11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
||Begins at the south end of Hillsborough Bay,
sails north to Seddon Channel (between Davis Island and Harbour
Island), continues North and docks at The Tampa Convention
at 1 p.m.