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Gasparilla Invasion Vitals

By Barbara ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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Gasparilla Pirates ( Photo credit: Barbara Ann Kelley)

Gasparilla Pirates ( Photo credit: Barbara Ann Kelley)

This will be the 96th year for the parade, which began in 1904. Gasparilla officials say it has grown into the third largest parade in the United States, with some 58 Krewes participating this year.

The Gasparilla Invasion presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
Starting time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Route:  The Jose Gasparilla sets sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay at 11:30 a.m., sails north to Seddon Channel (between Davis Island and Harbour Island), continues north and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m.

Viewing: The best seats for the invasion are at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Convention Center (reserved ticket required).  However, there are many other places in downtown Tampa – many waterfront hotels, places along Davis Island and Harbour Island – to view this spectacular event! Admission is Free.

Gasparilla Invasion Brunch
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa

Parking is available at the Tampa Convention Center and throughout downtown, but plan to arrive early as parking fills up quickly for the event. Admission: Reserved ticket required for adults and for children over the age of two.

Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
Time: 2 p.m. – approx. 5:30 p.m.
Route:  The parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive.
Viewing: Reserved bleacher seats are the best way to secure a spot for this unique, lively parade.

There are many locations open to the public along Bayshore Boulevard and in downtown Tampa for viewing the parade.

Gasprilla is a full day of fun:
When: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Downtown Tampa, along Ashley Drive. from Kennedy Blvd. to Cass Street Admission:  Free

Gasparilla Invasion Stage
(MacDill Park, Located along Ashley Drive and Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa)

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