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Gasparilla after-party will feature fireworks in Curtis Hixon

The Gasparilla Pirate Fest returns Jan. 25 with a new addition to the swashbuckling fun and beads — a fireworks display that will light the sky over downtown Tampa.

The Light Up The Night after-party will take place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 5:30 to 10 p.m., directly following the annual Parade of Pirates.

The party will feature cover bands, food vendors and conclude with Gasparilla’s first-ever fireworks show, the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa announced in a news release. The hotel and casino announced in September it had signed on as main sponsor for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest through 2016.

The Hard Rock also released this schedule of events:

- Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tampa Convention Center

- Invasion, 1 p.m., Tampa Convention Center, the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla complete their journey up Seddon Channel aboard the Jose Gasparilla ship and dock at the convention center

- Parade of Pirates, 2 p.m., begins at Bayshore Boulevard and W. Bay to Bay Boulevard and ends at W. Cass Street and N. Ashley Drive.

- Light Up The Night after-party, 5:30 p.m., Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, fireworks (10 p.m.)

Tickets for the Invasion Brunch and reserved bleacher seating for the Parade of Pirates are available online at the official Gasparilla website or by calling the EventFest ticket line at (813) 251-8844.

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