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Tampa’s Signature Gasparilla Events, Children’s Gasparilla Presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay and Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Canceled for April 2021

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Vows to Return in its Quest to Capture the Key to the City of Tampa in 2022

Tampa, Fla. – (February 16, 2021) – Since 1904, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG) has invaded the shores of Tampa Bay and captured the key to the city. Only a handful of times did our daring pirate invaders decide to spare the city from invasion due to unprecedented world events. This year, our pirates are making a similar decision to remain offshore and table their invasion plans until the seas calm. Out of an abundance of caution, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG) and EventFest has announced the cancellation of Tampa’s signature Gasparilla Parades planned for April 10 and April 17.

The decision resulted from an ongoing dialogue between event organizers, city leaders, and healthcare experts.

“We hoped to safely and effectively hold Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay and Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, but believe it is our community’s best interest to refrain from hosting festivities this year,” said Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Captain Peter Lackman. “The pirate invasion will continue in 2022, with the excitement and revelry that Tampa Bay has come to know and love.”

The cannons will boom once again at Children’s Gasparilla Presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay on Saturday, January 22, 2022, and the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest on Saturday, January 29, 2022. The closing event, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage, will set sail on Saturday, February 26, 2022.

This year’s cancelation of Gasparilla festivities is not the first in event history. Over the past 107 years, parades were not held for numerous reasons, including when the city had limited public celebrations or during wartimes.

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Children’s Gasparilla Parade

The Children’s Gasparilla Parade has been a part of Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration since 1947. This family-friendly parade takes place along Bayshore Boulevard from Bay to Bay Boulevard, moving north to Edison Avenue.

The Children’s Gasparilla Parade traditionally hosts more than 125 entry units, including krewes, marching bands, dance groups, school performance teams, and community organizations. Parade applications are open to the public!

Saturday, January 22, 2022

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa Gasparilla Invasion and Parade

To celebrate their capture of the City of Tampa, the Captain and his Krewe share their wealth – glittering beads, treasures, and doubloons – with a lively, enthusiastic crowd all along the 4.5 -mile parade route.

Join Tampa’s original buccaneers, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla as they wind their way down historic Bayshore Blvd. and into downtown Tampa – amidst colorful costumes and festive music. The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will boast over 140 units – including more than 103 elaborate floats, 5 marching bands,  over 50 distinct Krewes.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Gasparilla Outbound Voyage

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will celebrate their conquest of Tampa with a festive celebration that will include live music and merriment, as Tampa’s favorite pirates make ready to leave the city from Sparkman Wharf!

Situated along Garrison Channel in downtown Tampa, Sparkman Wharf (615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602) is Tampa’s new outdoor waterfront destination. It celebrates the best of Tampa – good weather, waterfront views, music, craft beer, and exceptional dining.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

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