Gasparilla: Don’t drink and drive, here are ways to get around

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line up along Bayshore Blvd for this year’s Gasparilla parade. People will be having fun but some tend to get too intoxicated.

Gasparilla is the third largest parade in the nation and kicks off in Tampa Saturday afternoon. But pirates should beware, because Tampa Police will be out in full force making sure the streets are safe during the pirating and pillaging.

Andrea Davis with Tampa Police makes a good point, saying, “If you have ever talked to someone who has received a DUI it’s the probably one of the worst experience of their lives. TPD will be looking for those drunk drivers during the parade, after the parade, and into the evening.”

The best idea is to have a designated driver. Or take a taxi or a ride sharing service. Uber is partnering up with Captain Morgan to give away $20 ride vouchers to 1,000 people. Just type “PirateResponsibly” into your Uber app. Lyft is also an option.

Gasparilla: Parade information, road closures & parking advisories

Davis also wants boaters to be responsible. “Obviously there’s a lot of people out on the water for the invasion. The Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard and all of our partners will be out there as well, looking for those people boating and drinking.”

If you want to drink and boat you can check out a new ride sharing service called BoatSetter, which can provide a captain. Check out for details.

Gasparilla Safety Tips: How to survive the invasion

The one vehicle you don’t want to be riding in after the parade is a police car. A cab drive could cost you anywhere from $20-$60 but a DUI could rob you of thousands of dollars, it can affect your employment, raise your insurance rates, and more importantly it can affect the lives of others. So remember, have a plan if you plan on drinking.

There’s always public transportation. HART is rolling out more buses, the downtown trolley is free, and the TECO Streetcar will take you from Ybor City to Downtown Tampa. 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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