Gasparilla 2016 Schedule of Events

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Watch the replay of the 2016 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates right here on WFLA.com

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 – YBOR NAVAL INVASION

The Ybor Naval invasion is set for Saturday, Jan. 16 in front of the American Victory Ship behind the Florida Aquarium. Learn more about this old Ybor tradition here.

(Read About It: Tampa Mayor Refuses Surrender; Gasparilla Invasion Set for Saturday)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 – CHILDREN’S GASPARILLA PARADE 

The alcohol-free parade starts on Bayshore and Bay to Bay at 3:30 p.m. Get details and ticket information here

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 – PRE-INVASION CELEBRATION

6 p.m. – Pirate Fest Stage in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 

This is the second annual Gasparilla Charity Concert and Pre-Invasion Celebration presented by Budweiser. The Swon Brothers, The Hip Abduction and Howie Day will play on stage at the park. The 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.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 – 
GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST

The City of Tampa wants you to be prepared for heavier than normal traffic on Saturday, January 30, 2016 in downtown and South Tampa. See road closures, parking advisories, places you can park to go to the parade, plus directions to avoid closed streets HERE.

See the schedule for the day here:

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Gasparilla Invasion Brunch

Tickets can be purchased in advance for this Tampa Convention Center event.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – The Gasparilla Invasion

The Jose Gasparilla is scheduled to sail north to Seddon Channel (between Davis Island and Harbour Island), continues north and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1:00 p.m.

PHOTOS: Gasparilla 2016

2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

The parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive.

You can purchase reserved bleacher seats here. FreeReserved seating is also available.

WFLA News Channel 8’s Live Coverage

Channel 8 continues its tradition of broadcasting the parade live. Watch it on TV or streaming here on WFLA.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 AND SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 – STREET FESTIVAL

10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Street Festival

Musicians and entertainers invite you to dance the night away at the two stages in the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and MacDill Park.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY FEBRUARY 20-21 – GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC

The annual athletic event includes multi-distance runs and challenges for runners and walkers of all ages. Get the details and register here

SATURDAY-SUNDAY MARCH 12-13 – GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL

You can learn more about one of the most exciting local music events of the year here

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