Yorkshire Times
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9:00 AM 3rd January 2020

Florida Pirate Festival Set To Attract 300k Visitors

Gasparilla Pirate by Keir Magoulas
Gasparilla Pirate by Keir Magoulas
Florida’s ‘Gasparilla Celebration’ – named after a pirate who terrorized Tampa Bay in the late 18th century – launches in February with the third largest street parade in the US.

The celebrations run for two treasure-filled months featuring parades, festivals and numerous other features including a major road race, music, art and film events.

Named after pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Tampa's annual Gasparilla celebration begins with the Gasparilla Invasion on February 8th.

More than 750 swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay aboard the majestic pirate ship "Jose Gasparilla," kicking off a full schedule of pirate-themed events.

Once ashore, the captain and his Mystic Krewe celebrate their takeover of the city with a four-mile long Parade of Pirates, unloading untold Gasparilla treasures for visitors and locals to plunder. The Parade of Pirates is attended by 300,000 onlookers, many donning period-themed pirate garb.

The festivities continue into the evening at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival with live music, food and entertainment.

This event is preceded by the Ashley Homestore Children’s Gasparilla which takes place on Saturday 18th January and sees children of all ages enjoy a variety of activities and a parade whilst dressed up as pirates.

Gasparilla kicks off a series of events including:

Sant ‘Yago Knight Parade – 8th February 2020:
The Knight Parade follows Tampa's annual Gasparilla celebration and is hosted by the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago. This colourful celebration of civic pride includes illuminated floats, costumed participants music, dancing and lots and lots of fun. Attended by all ages, the event is free and sees Ybor City come to life.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts – 29th February – 1st March 2020:
Art lovers will find the perfect work and celebrate history when they visit the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts which takes place in Downtown Tampa and creating a giant outdoor Museum featuring hundreds of artists.

Gasparilla Music Festival – 7th – 8th March 2020:
Two full days of music across four stages offering great food, great music and kid friendly activities every day

Gasparilla International Film Festival – 17th – 22nd March 2020:
This celebration of film attracts movie lovers to be inspired, educated and entertained.

Not to be forgotten, the Gasparilla Distance Classic (22nd – 23rd February 2020) for all those runners out there who want to combine a bit of exercise with swashbuckling adventures and Tampa Bay Beer Week which takes place in March.

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