Gasparilla Children’s Parade 2020 Guide

TAMPA, Fla. – Whether you are heading out to the Gasparilla Children’s Parade this Saturday, or you are just planning on being around the Tampa area, there are some things you will wanna know for your weekend planning.

The children’s parade starts at 3:30 p.m. Starting at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard and proceeding north along Bayshore. The parade comes to an end at Edison Avenue.  Although the parade starts at 3:30pm the party starts much earlier. 

Family Friendly Event Schedule

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Rodeo   Location: Bayshore Boulevard and South Rome Avenue 
    Kids can ride the Rodeo’s bicycles through a fun course that teaches safety skills. Kids will receive a free, brand-new bicycle helmet fitted just for them, while supplies last. 
  • Noon to 3:15 p.m. Gasparilla Air Invasion  Location: Bayshore Boulevard & Howard Avenue
    The USSOCOM Parachute Demonstration Team will conduct a precision parachute jump (weather-permitting). 
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll Location: Beginning at Bayshore Blvd & S Howard Avenue, ending at Bayshore Boulevard & Rome Avenue
    The preschooler’s stroll features Tampa Bay’s youngest pirates. Children age five and under get to strut their stuff along the parade route in this adorable new tradition. 
  • 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Children’s Gasparilla Parade
    Location: Parade begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore, proceeds north along Bayshore, and the parade ends at Edison Avenue.
  • 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m Gasparilla Air Invasion and SOCOM Night Jump
    Location: Howard Ave and Bayshore Blvd The U.S. Special Operation Jump Team, The Para-Commandos, as well as Ghostwriter Airshows and their fireworks flight, will conduct a precision parachute jump (weather-permitting).
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. “Piratechnics” fireworks show
    A fireworks show themed as a re-creation of the imaginary sea battle between the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa.

Parking

Parking will be available in various garages and lots in Downtown Tampa. The garages have a one-time special event parking rate that must be paid when entering. Be aware that these rates will be higher than normal. But hey, it’s for the kids right?!

Here is what you SHOULD NOT DO:

DO NOT Park in neighborhoods bordering the parade route. Not only is it not permitted, the Tampa Police Department says they will strictly enforce the event parking policies. Any cars parked illegally will be towed. 

Shuttle
A Shuttle service will be offered from the Fort Brook Garage, located at the corner of Franklin and Whiting streets, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Whiting Street Garage will serve as overflow parking when the Fort Brooke Garage becomes full, however, bus pick-up will stay in the same location (Whiting and Franklin). Oh and that’s gonna also cost ya, $10 per adult to ride, but hey it’s free for children who are accompanied by an adult. 
Drop-off will be near the beginning of the parade route at Bay to Bay Boulevard and the Crosstown. 

Trolley
New in 2019, the free Jolley Roger Trolley will run on a continuous loop as it picks up and drops off event attendees at the intersections of both Platt Street and Bayshore Blvd, as well as Rome Avenue and Bayshore Blvd. Hours of operation: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m

Road Closures

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 – Thursday, January 30, 2020 
    Close Bayshore Blvd. Crossovers at DeSoto Ave., Nance Ave., Albany Ave. and Gunby Ave. 
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 2 a.m. 
    Close Bayshore Blvd. Northbound from Bay-to-Bay to Rome Ave. 
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 6:30 a.m. 
    Close Bayshore Blvd. from Gandy Blvd. to Platt St. Close Bay to Bay Blvd. from Ysabella Ave. to Bayshore Blvd. Close Davis Island Bridge off-ramp onto Northbound Bayshore Blvd. 
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 9 a.m. 
    Close one Eastbound Lane and one Westbound Lane on Bay to Bay Blvd. from MacDill Ave. to Ysabella Ave. (to accommodate Pedestrian Walkway) 
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m. 
    Close Eastbound Bay-to-Bay Blvd. at MacDill Ave

Every year the pirates win, leaving the city defenseless for the following weeks invasion by the Gasparilla Pirates.  That event is not as family friendly. 

The Children Gasparilla Parade will be broadcast LIVE exclusively on FOX 13, streaming on the website and also their Facebook Page.

*This is an ALCOHOL-FREE event.

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