Gasparilla Pirate Festival
January 27, 2018
8:45 AM, 10:30 AM, and 11:45 AM
3:30 PM, 5:30 PM, and 7:00 PM
14 Passenger Party Bus $200 each way
20 Passenger Party Bus $250 each way
25 Passenger Party Bus $300 each way
34 Passenger Party Bus $350 each way
40 Passenger Party Bus $400 each way
45 Passenger Party Bus $450 each way
Every year Tampa undergoes a pirate invasion! It happens to be one of the biggest parties that continues to impress. On January 27, the area will transform into a Pirate party you'll never forget. Members of the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail their way across Tampa Bay. They make their way to the center of downtown along with almost a hundred other boats, or a flotilla. The namesake of the festival is due to Jose Gaspar. He was a captain who allegedly sailed the seas in the 18th and 19th centuries causing much chaos along the way!
The 165 foot long boat and the characters who spill out of it are a sight to behold. Who knows what will happen when the captain attempts to withhold the key to the city from the mayor himself? No matter what happens, the victory parade is something you must experience. Members of the YMKG and other "krewes" toss beads, coins, and trinkets into the crowd. Local businesses and organizations will be participating with their own elaborate themed floats. People of all ages enjoy this festival in Tampa!
This parade is the third largest in the United States. The main festival is only one of the Gasparilla themed events that happen around Tampa. The Children's Parade is a kid friendly version that occurs a week before the actual parade. On the opposite hand you have the Sant'Yago Knight Parade or "Gasparilla Night Parade". This is an adult oriented version that happens in Ybor City two weeks after the parade. There's the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Gasparilla Film Festival, and the Gasparilla Music Festival. It's safe to say this is an important event to the community!
The Jose Gasparilla will set sail at in the Hillsborough Bay. It will head north to Seddon Channel near the Tampa Convention Center around 1:00PM. After that, there will be a Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the convention center. You have to have tickets to attend the brunch, so be sure to grab yours if you haven't already. The brunch buffet includes entertainment, cash bar, and the best views of the ship.
Finally, the parade begins! It starts at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. Continuing to Brorein Street where it heads east to Ashley Drive where it goes north. The parade ends at Cass Street and Ashley Drive around 5:30 PM, and it's free to attend. However, there are VIP seats for sale if you want a front row view of the festivities.
The easiest way to enjoy the biggest party in Florida is to have your transportation taken care of. Party Bus Tampa offers round trip transfers! We will take you from your pick up destination to the festival and back. We have departure times for 8:45 AM, 10:30 AM, and 11:45 AM with returning times at 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM, and finally 7:00 PM. This ensures everybody has a safe ride to and from the festival which is priceless! You never know how much energy you're expending on logistics until details are taken care of.
When you're on board on of our vehicles, you don't have to worry about the usual inconveniences. Finding directions, parking, designated drivers and navigating traffic are problems of the past. There will be a ton of road closures in the city, so avoiding the congestion is a great idea. Professional transportation isn't just convenient, it's entertaining. Plugging in your device to stream music from a favorite app is easy! We have modern amenities in each of our limousines and party buses. The space and features present in our vehicles goes beyond any ride share services. These services will almost certainly take advantage of surge pricing during the festival. By locking in your rental, all you have to worry about is getting on the limo or bus to have a great time at Gasparilla.
To reserve your Gasparilla party bus rental, dial our number when you have an extra minute. We will only need a few details from you to get you booked and ready to party in style and comfort.