Gasparilla 2015 – parade route, where to park, transportation

Gasparilla 2015 - parade route, where to park, transportation (Image 1)

The Parade of Pirates begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore boulevards. It will head north on Bayshore and then turn east onto Brorein St., crossing the Hillsborough River and continuing north onto Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass St. and Ashley. The route is marked in green.

You can watch the parade for free, though there is paid bleacher seating. The pink area on the map is corporate seating.

The three-masted Jose Gasparilla ship will set sail at 11:30 a.m., starting at the south end of Hillsborough Bay and traveling north to the Seddon Channel.

Parking will be available in garages and lots throughout downtown Tampa and Ybor City with special event rates.

Beginning Thursday afternoon, parking rules will be enforced in neighborhoods near the event locations. From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday violators will receive warnings. Tickets will be issued from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. After that, cars parked illegally will be towed.

Extra streetcar, bus and trolley services will be available on Jan. 30.

The TECO Line Streetcar can take you from Ybor City to Downtown Tampa.  An all-day, unlimited ride pass costs $5. Service runs from Saturday morning to around 2 a.m. Sunday. There will be bus service available between Ybor City and downtown Tampa. You can pay on the bus with cash or by using monthly passes. The In-Town Trolley will take you from the Marion Transit Center to the Dick Greco Plaza. A ride costs 25 cents.

For more information on transit call 813-254-4278 or visit provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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