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Saturday, January 25, 2025
12:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Set a course for Tampa, Florida, and be prepared for great fun and high adventure!

The 2025 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled in Tampa from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 25, 2025. It features the 106th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Experience a thrilling adventure with your favorite mates! Join the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at Tampa Convention Center and get the best view of the historic Gasparilla Invasion!

You will enjoy a delicious meal and refreshing cocktails while witnessing our infamous pirates sailing up the Seddon Channel, firing their booming cannons from the Jose Gasparilla. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance!

11:30 A.M. – 1:00 PM

“Land Ho!” The legendary Jose Gasparilla arrives in style, sailing into the Tampa Convention Center basin along with a magnificent flotilla of hundreds of vessels and the notorious pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

The excitement is palpable when the ship docks at precisely 1:00 P.M., and our Captain meets the Mayor of Tampa to make his final demand for the key to the city. It’s a thrilling spectacle that you won’t want to miss!

2:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

The City of Tampa is under our control! Our merry pirates have once again conquered the city with a triumphant invasion, and now it’s time to celebrate! Join us as we march down Bayshore Blvd for a victory parade that follows a 4.5-mile journey along the beautiful Hillsborough Bay through downtown Tampa.

Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is free to attend, but if you want a prime spot to view the parade, reserve your seats in advance.

10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Dance along to live music presented by Bud Light and 101 N. Meridian. Gasparilla Pirate Fest features stages with live entertainment before and after the parade at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (at Ashley Drive and Twiggs Street) and MacDill Park (at Ashley Drive and Whiting Street).

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