Gasparilla parades postponed until April 2021

Photo of a tall pirate ship at sunset

Gasparilla is the event of the year in the city of Tampa, which means big crowds, so organizers have decided to postpone the events until at least April 17, 2021.

“New Date. Same Event.” wrote the Gasparilla organizers in a Facebook post. “After many conversations with the friendlies, we’re sad to announce that our pirate krewe has been temporarily steered off course by an unruly storm. However, we will not be deterred in our quest to capture the key to your fair City of Tampa!”


The Children’s Gasparilla Parade will take place a week earlier on April 10, 2021.

Get ready for the Pirate Invasion

On Saturday, April 17, at 11:30 A.M., the only fully-rigged pirate ship in the world, the Jose Gasparilla, emerges at the south end of Hillsborough Bay followed by hundreds if not thousands of boats. The vibrant Gasparilla Flotilla then makes its way across Hillsborough Bay and into Seddon Channel (between Davis Island & Harbour Island) and the Gasparilla Invasion has begun!

In this annual re-enactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion, the Gasparilla Flotilla – led by the Jose Gasparilla filled to the crow’s nest with swashbuckling YMKG pirates – creates a spectacular sight.  When the Jose Gasparilla docks at the Tampa Convention Center (1:00 P.M.), the Mayor of Tampa surrenders the Key to the City to the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

With the Key to the City in hand, the Krewe celebrates their victory in a Parade of Pirates down Bayshore Boulevard.

The invasion is free to the public. Tickets are available for Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at


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