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Things to do for Gasparilla

Sienna Harrison
Locals and visitors gather in Tampa yearly to celebrate a pirate invasion called Gasparilla. There are many events held all over Tampa to celebrate Gasparilla. There are other things to do besides going to the parade that many people don’t know about, like the Gasparilla Festival of Arts and many other events.

Many people in Tampa have something specific they do every year for Gasparilla, whether going to the parade or spending time with friends. Here are a few things you can do this Gasparilla:  

This Pirate Fest returns every January, bringing the history of pirates and treasures for visitors and locals. The parade is 4.5 miles long, led by the captain and his krewe, followed by over a hundred floats floating down Bayshore Blvd and downtown Tampa, making it the third-largest parade in the United States.  

Convention Center Invasion: 11:30 am-1:00 pm  

Parade of Pirates: 2:00–6:00 pm  

Gasparilla Wreath Making: Gather your friends and make your own Gasparilla wreath with ribbons and ornaments. Starting at $140. Located at AR Workshop from 6-9p.m Jan.19.  

Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Party: Dance at this warm-up party with raffles, drinks, and barbecue food for purchase. At the Tampa Crius-A Cade Clubhouse from 6:30–10:30 pm on Jan.26.  

Gasparilla Invasion Brunch Cruise: Enjoy a brunch with a close-up view of the Jose Gaspar Ship as it makes its way through the downtown channel from Ballast Point. This Yacht Starship provides a great view of hundreds of boats. After docking, passengers can stay aboard to witness the pirate ship arrive at 1 pm, Starting at $199.95 and $129.95 for children. The brunch will be on Gasparilla at 10 am.  

Gasparilla Music Festival: The music festival features more than 50 bands across five stages along Tampa’s waterfront. Enjoy fantastic food from Tampa’s top restaurants. This year’s guests include Young the Giant, Louis the Child, Big Gigantic, Lake Street Dive, coin, Trevor Hall, Digable Planets and many more.  

Publix Gasparilla Race Weekend: Saturday features the 15k race (6:45 am) and the 5k race (9:20 am) starting at Brorein Street and Franklin Street. Sunday is the half marathon (6 am) starting at Platt Street and Bayshore Boulevard, and the 8k race (9:15 am) starting at Bayshore Boulevard and Verne Street.   

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts: The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is one of the top outdoor art shows in the U.S., showcasing a wide variety of art. The festival includes live music, culinary attractions, and areas for children and families. This event is free and located at Riverfront Park. 

Here are some other things to do for Gasparilla: 

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Sienna Harrison, Staffer

 Hi! My name is Sienna. I’m a junior and some of my hobbies are rowing and playing tennis for fun. I love watching thrillers and spending time with my friends. I am looking forward to being a staffer again this year.

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