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Gasparilla Pirate Festival

Gasparilla Pirates

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a large parade and a host of related community events held almost every year since 1904 in Tampa, Florida celebrating the apocryphal legend of Jose Gasparilla (also known as Gasparilla), a mythical Spanish pirate who supposedly operated in Southwest, Florida in the early 1800s.


Tampa's Gasparilla season runs from mid-January to early March and features three large parades. The focal point of Gasparilla is the Parade of Pirates, which features a friendly invasion by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and a large parade along Bayshore Boulevard into downtown. The Parade of Pirates (which is often referred to as the Gasparilla Parade by locals) is held on the last Saturday in January. It is the third largest parade in the United States with an economic impact of over $20 million and an average attendance of about 300,000. Other major parades during the season are the Gasparilla Children's Parade, which is held on Bayshore Boulevard one week before the main parade, and the Sant’Yago Illuminated Knight Parade, which is organized by the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’Yago in the historic neighborhood of Ybor City two weeks after the main parade.

The photographs were taken in front of AIA Tampa Bay. The slideshow is before the parade between 4PM and 7PM.