The Gasparilla Pirate Fest: Everything You Need to Know from A to Z!


The Gasparilla Children's Extravaganza and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest are two BIG events here on Florida's Gulf Coast and they'll be here before you know it. Want a quick rundown on what the Gasparilla Pirate Fest is all about and what it has to offer? We've got it! Check out everything you need to know from A-Z.


Gasparilla Pirate Fest

The Gasparilla Pirate Fest from A to Z

Aargh. This is a pirate event so better brush up on yer buccaneer speak. Aye!
Booty. Treasure abounds, particularly during the Parade of Pirates. Be ye ready.
Children's Extravanganza. It happens the week prior to the Gasparilla Pirate Fest.
Doubloons. They are Spanish gold coins. Keep yer eyes open for 'em, matey.
Entertainment. There's lots of it for lads and lasses, landlubbers and swashbucklers, young and old.
Free. This is a FREE event on Florida's Gulf Coast. Some of the special events are ticketed.
Grog. Have you tried it? It's a pirate's preferred drink.
History. Interested in learning about the origins of The Gasparilla Pirate Festival? Click here.
Invasion. The Pirate Invasion by the Jose Gasparilla is one of the biggest and most popular events of the festival.
Jose Gaspar. The famed pirate after whom this event is named.
Krewes. The Parade of Pirates features over 50 different krewes.
Legend. Legend has it that Jose Gaspar (AKA Gasparilla) burned 36 ships in his first 12 years as a pirate.
Mayor. Will the Mayor of Tampa hand over the key to city? Be there to find out.
Nefarious characters. They're a rowdy, raucous bunch here. Watch yer back.
Outbound Voyage. To be announced. Don't miss the send off of the Gasparilla.
Piratechnics. They're a highlight of the festival each year. Kaboom!
Questions. Find out answers to yer Gasparilla Pirate Fest questions right here.
Rum. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum, so they say. Captain Morgan flows freely at this event.
Street Festival & Parade. Live music and celebrations are all part of the piratical fun.
Tampa Bay. The location of the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion. Beware, landlubbers.
Unsavory Characters. See Nefarious as mentioned above.
Vessels. The Jose Gasparilla won't be the only sea vessel in Tampa Bay. Bring yer spyglass.
Walk the Plank. Don't do this unless ye want to see Davy Jones's Locker fer yerself. (Not recommended.)
X Marks the Spot. Treasure, booty and more can be found here.
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. 40 sea-faring rogues planning to overtake the City of Tampa.
Zephyr. A reference to the Greek God of the West Wind Zephyrus or just a slight Gulf Coast breeze.


Will we see you at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest?  We'll keep an eye out for you (pun intended). Aye!


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