SEMINOLE HARD ROCK GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST
The event is in three phases. All events are free, except the Invasion Brunch.
The Gasparilla Invasion
When: Starts at 10 a.m. as the Jose Gasparilla ship is joined by other boats on a trip across Hillsborough Bay, then up Seddon Channel to the Tampa Bay Convention Center
Where: Good views can be had from the lower section of Bayshore Boulevard and the Channelside Drive Bridge. Best view is from the Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets ($65 for adults and $55 for children) are limited. Go to the website at the bottom of this box for information, or call
Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates
When: 2 p.m.
Where: The parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, going along Bayshore into downtown Tampa, going north on Ashley Drive and ends at Cass Street.
On TV: Watch the parade, hosted by News Channel 8 morning anchors Gayle Guyardo and Rod Carter at 2:30 p.m. on WFLA, Channel 8.
Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival
When: Acts begin playing at 10 a.m. Most shows are post-parade, including C-Nergy and The Skycoasters.
Where: Acts will play on two stages in downtown Tampa — the Pirate Fest Stage at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Ashley Drive and the Invasion Stage at MacDill Park at Ashley Drive and Whiting Street.
www.gasparillapiratefest.com for more information.