For over 100 years, Tampa has prepared to face the “threat” of the legendary José Gaspar during the annual Gasparilla Invasion. On 11:30 a.m. Jan. 28, 500+ pirates will swarm Tampa’s waters to “take the city” aboard the Jose Gasparilla, pirated by the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
When the ship docks at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa’s mayor will surrender the “Key to the City” to the pirates, who then take to the city to celebrate their plunder in the Parade of Pirates.
The 2 p.m. parade features over 90 floats, 50 pirate krewes, and 350,000 expected attendees.
– Katie Wilcox, B2 Communications