Get your bandanas, eye patches and peg prosthesis ready. It’s pirate time. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest 2019 is a full-blown celebration of all who terrify the seven seas. With all that’s going on, it can be a challenge to figure out how to navigate the parade, so here are some tips to get you st-aaargh-ted.
The Best Spot is on the Water
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To make sure you can to take in the whole spectacle, you may want to consider ditching the busy crowd and renting your very own private boat. Boatsetter
has the fleet you need to take on the Tampa
waterways and enjoy the fest in the best possible way. Find yourself among hundreds of boaters and hoist the mizzen alongside the famous Jose Gasparilla pirate ship. Take in the excitement without having to worry about buying tickets or holding spots. This is the perfect way to take part in the celebration!
Arrive at the Waterfront Early
The traditional parade will start at downtown Tampa’s waterfront at 2:00 pm January 26, 2019. The event promises to be packed due to its popularity, so it may be tough to get a seat—even a reserved one—if you arrive late. So try to get there nice and early and get ready to enjoy the festivities.
How the Invasion Will Happen
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The infamous pirate ship, Jose Gasparilla, will invade Hillsborough Bay at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 26th. After a mock battle, complete with cannon fire, the city “falls” to the pirates and the invasion of the mainland begins. The mayor, overcome by the Marauders, will surrender the keys of the city, signaling its defeat and subsequent subjugation under the hands of the invaders. The parade that follows is their victory celebration. You can celebrate along with them as the vast company of floats ease by your spot on the parade route.
Stay for Some Cool Music
This year, event-goers will be treated to the Gasparilla JazzFEST the following day, Sunday, January 27, 2019. For $65 you get the VIP Brunch experience and get to enjoy the music, a fully catered buffet, two drink tickets, and a specialized lounge area. The headliner will be NAJEE, so prepare for a smoothed out finish to your pirate adventure.
Dress Like a Pirate
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No matter how old or young you are, you’re going to want to dress like a pirate. For once, this is the best way to fit in at a public event. Not only are the folks in the parade dressed up, but many of the patrons will also be donning pirate garb, so have some fun with it and hop on the floating bandwagon.
The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is one of the signature annual events of the Tampa area. Get there early, bring your pointy hat, eye-patch and pirate accent and get ready to succumb to the coolest and happiest invaders the city has ever seen. Explore Boatsetter's Tampa Boat Rentals>>