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Swashbucklers in Training - Photo by Chris ConnellThe Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza on January 23rd allowed kids and families to let out their inner pirate – in a safe, family friendly and alcohol-free environment.

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The Jose GasparillaThe pirate invasion of The City of Tampa by pirate Jose Gaspar and his men will be celebrated for the 106th consecutive year on January 30th with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival.

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The Gasparilla Children's Parade will Take Place on January 23rd On January 23rd, the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza will provide alcohol-free family friendly entertainment and celebrate the return of Gasparilla in Tampa Bay. The event will take place on Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa the week before the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, held in the same location on January 31st.

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Monday, 09 March 2009 21:33

Gasparilla Pirate Fest 2009

Tampa Bay Buccaneers on their float Photo by Ian Phoenix.GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST 2009

Tampa, FL (February 2009) - For many, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest is an excuse to have a party during the middle of the day. Approximately 500,000 people flock to Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa to watch grown men dress up like pirates and toss plastic beads from brightly-colored floats, all while they indulge in more fun than they could possibly remember.

Even if someone has never been to the annual celebration of Tampa Bay’s pirate history, they know it means two things: beads and booze. But what most people don’t know about Gasparilla is, it’s all done in the name of a good cause. Every “krewe” (organization) involved in the parade, benefits a charity.  For example, The Krewe of Shamrock, the Thieves of San Lorenzo and the Krewe of Agustina de Aragon all benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

The Mystic Krewe of the Nautilus is one of Gasparilla’s newer krewes, having been around for only five years. The krewe benefits both the Children’s Cancer Center and the Florida Aquarium, and holds several events throughout the year to raise money for these causes, all in addition to their participation in the annual Gasparilla parade. 
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Wednesday, 04 February 2009 14:54

Pirates Invade Tampa

Photo by Ian Phoenix
Photo by Ian Phoenix

Tampa, FL (February 2009) - A US Special Operations Command Parachute Team landed on Bayshore near Howard during the Gasparilla Extravaganza on Saturday the 24th. The main festivities for Gasparilla Pirate Festival will be held on February 7th in Tampa starting at 11:30am, and celebrate Tampa’s historic pirate invasion by Jose Gasparilla and his men.

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EventFest - Gasparilla January 2009 Tampa FL


 TAMPA, FL   December 8, 2008 – The Gasparilla Extravaganza will once again commence Tampa’s historical Gasparilla season with an alcohol-free, family celebration scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2009 on Bayshore Boulevard, and will kick off a week-long series of celebrations leading up to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.  The Gasparilla Extravaganza features the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, the Gasparilla Air Invasion, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade and the “Piratechnic” Extravaganza, Tampa Bay’s largest firework presentation; show center is located at Howard Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.

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