Gasparilla Directory is the central hub for all things Gasparilla and Pirate Fest related. Our focus is on the community, the Charitable organizations and the Krewes that make Gasparilla what it is... Of course, we also love all of the fans who support the World's largest and oldest Pirate Festival each year - arriving on Gasparilla day in Tampa over 500,000 strong! For more information contact Gasparillamedia.com .
Gasparilla occurs in Late January each year (Since 1904) with three major Parades and one Maritime Invasion of the city of Tampa. The first Parade each year is the Gasparilla Children's Parade (The Largest Children's Parade in the United States). This is followed by the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion the very next weekend and the Parade of Pirates on the same day with attendance of over 500,000 Spectators. Then the Knights of Sant' Yago Knight Parade is held in Ybor City's Historic District.... The entire season is surrounded by Balls, Socials and all kinds of activities sponsored by the Tampa Bay area's over 65 major Krewes.
This event is the longest standing Pirate-oriented festival in the world and attracts visitors from all over the globe annually. The economic impact is significant and the charitable contributions by all of the local Krewes and Gasparilla oriented organizations are considerable.
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the great Florida weather and spectacular scenery, which usually precedes and/or coincides with other events in the area, such as the Florida State Fair and the Florida Strawberry Festival.