The Gasparilla Pirate Festival may very well be the biggest party event of the year in Tampa.  Thousands, from Tampa and beyond, gather in Downtown Tampa in late January to party like pirates and toast to this great city we live in.  With a festival and parade as big as Gasparilla there are a ton of ways to experience it including by both land and sea.

Most people attending the event experience it the traditional way by parking off site then walking toward the parade route and surrounding areas.  If you want the up close and personal Gasparilla experience, this is the way to do it; roughin it in the streets with hundreds of your drunken Tampa neighbors, fighting for beads, basking in the sun.  Maybe a little tough, but worth it.

If you just can't party like you used to, you can opt to experience Gasparilla from the comfort of reserved seats or bleachers alongside the parade route. Tickets for both these options are limited and range anywhere from around 37 to 93 dollars depending on the proximity and feature you prefer.  Tickets can be purchased at the Gasparilla ticket page.

If you want to experience the Gasparilla Pirate Fest by boat, there is limited docking space available at The Tampa Convention Center or in the Marina area along Bayshore between Platt Street and the Davis Island Bridge.  The Yacht Starship is offering a Gasparilla Invasion Brunch Cruise that'll not only get you a delicious brunch, but a super close view of the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion.

With this in mind, how do YOU plan to do Gasparilla this year?  Whichever way you choose, we'll see you there on Saturday, January 28th!