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Gasparilla 2012: Best Places To Park

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It’s time to get ready for Gasparilla 2012 and one of the major concerns when thousands of people join together for this big party is parking. We have some advice on how to use Tampa’s public transportation and avoid parking near the parade route. We’ve also included some parking garages in downtown Tampa that are open to the public during Gasparilla.

Centennial Park Station (20th Street and 8th Avenue)
Park in Ybor City and catch a street car to Downtown Tampa at Dick Greco Plaza. The streetcars will be in service from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and costs $5 for an all day pass.

Streetcar Society Station (15th Street and 8th Avenue)
Another option is hopping on a HART Bus in Ybor City and taking Route 8 to Dick Greco Plaza. The buses will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Ybor to Downtown Tampa and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Downtown Tampa to Ybor City. The price for an all-day ticket is $3.75.

Marion Transit Center (1211 N Marion St.)
Catch a streetcar or bus from north downtown and head south to Dick Greco Plaza. The in-town transportation will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs 25 cents. Streetcar or bus day passes are also accepted.

Downtown Tampa Parking Garages
The Fort Brooke Garage (107 N. Franklin St.) and Whiting Garage (400 Whiting St.) are a couple blocks away from Ashley Dr. A shuttle will pick up at Fort Brooke Garage and stop at Crosstown and Bay to Bay.

There are four Crosstown lots located between Whiting St. and Florida Ave. that will be open on Saturday.

William F. Poe Garage (802 N. Ashley Dr.) and Royal Regional Lot (1200 N. Tampa St.) are near the end of the parade route and are open to the public.

Make sure you are careful to park in areas that are open! The police will give tickets for illegal parking from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday. From then until the end of Gasparilla, illegally parked cars will be towed. Make a parking plan before you go to eliminate stress and have a worry-free day!

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