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Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Inspired by the Legend of Pirate Jose Gaspar, YMKG was founded in 1904 as an organization dedicated to enriching the vitality and imagination of Tampa and the surrounding community.

Tourism Impact

The YMKG Invasion & Parade of Pirates ranks as the third largest parade in the United States, attracting one half million attendees annually.

The YMKG Children’s Parade is the largest in the United States, offering a family-friendly, non-alcoholic venue for over a quarter of a million annual attendees in 2011.

Gasparilla was named one of the top 20 community celebrations in the Southeastern United States by the Southeast Tourism Commission.

Community Outreach

YMKG was instrumental in establishing the Inter-Krewe Council, which has grown to include more than 60 other Krewes. Each of these Krewes is organized for specific charitable and community service purposes. For information about the Inter-Krewe Council, visit www.interkrewe.com

Krewe members participate in community and charity events through special appearances in Tampa Bay and throughout the United States to promote our community. Krewe members, in pirate attire, regularly visit hospitals (including the Tampa Veteran’s Hospital), assisted living centers, children’s venues and schools, engaging the community in the spirit and fun of Gasparilla events.

The Krewe supports the Salvation Army by manning collection stations during the Holiday Season.

Cultural Enrichment

Each year the Krewe partners with the City of Tampa, U.S. Coast Guard, and Department of Defense to sponsor the YMKG Invasion and Parade, the third largest in the United States.

The Invasion and Parade provide entertainment to millions of people from all over the World. The landfall of the Jose Gasparilla Pirate Ship and the Children’s Parade fireworks show have become tourism icons.