Monday, January 25, 2016

Gasp! It's Gasparilla Time!

Join the fun as pirates invade downtown Tampa. A pre-invasion celebration and the Second Annual Gasparilla Charity Concert will be a night of fun and music on Friday, January 29th.  Taking place on the Pirate Fest Stage in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the concert features The Hip Inductors, the Swon Brothers and Howie Day. Tickets for general admission cost $20 for the 6:00 PM concert.

The third largest parade in the country takes place on Saturday, January 30th at 11:30 when the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla invades the Port of Tampa in the world's only fully-rigged pirate ship.  Following the invasion, the krewe will lead an almost 4 mile parade down Bayshore Blvd. The parade is free but tickets may be purchased for brunch and reserved seating.

On February 13th an Illuminated Knight parade hosted by Sant' Yago lights up 7th Avenue in Ybor City. There is sure to be dancing in the streets among brightly lit floats and beaded revelers. The event is free but be sure to arrive early for a great view.

For the healthy runners and walkers the Gasparilla Distance Classic will take place on February 20th and 21st. Choose from the 15k, 5k, 8k, half marathon, Michelob Ultra Challenges, 5k walk, 5k stroller races, and more.  Prizes totaling over $40K.

Art lovers prepare for Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to be transformed into a huge outdoor museum.  Artists from around the country will be representing their various art techniques from glass, to wood to water colors. The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts takes place March 5th and 6th.

For more information on upcoming Gasparilla events please call Kohan & Associates 727-565-1658 or visit or

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