Prepare for the annual re-enactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion on January 29th. At 11:30AM, the only fully-rigged pirate ship in the world, the Jose Gasparilla, will led the Gasparilla Flotilla surrounded by hundreds of boats.
At 1PM, the pirate ship docks at the Tampa Convention Center and Mayor Jane Castor will surrender the Key to the City to the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. With the Key to the City in hand, the Krewe begins their celebration down Bayshore Boulevard!
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 1:00 P.M.
Viewing: The best seats for the invasion are at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Convention Center (reserved ticket required and available for purchase at Gasparilla Treasures™). However, there are many other places in downtown Tampa – waterfront hotels, places along Davis Island and Harbour Island – to view this spectacular event!