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Gasparilla Safety

Gasparilla Safety Tips and Important Information

Avast Ye! Gasparilla season is upon us and we have some safety tips and important information for your krewe.

See Something, Say Something: The Tampa Police Department asks all attendees to remain vigilant during the parade and report any suspicious activity. There are several ways to get information from the police department.

As always, police officers will be stationed along the route.

Have a Meeting Place: Please note, that due to large crowds there may be limited cell service during the event. For this reason, it is important to establish a meeting place ahead of time in case some of your krewe gets lost at sea.

Take a Photo of Your Child in Costume: To help identify your child if they get lost, take a photo of them on the day of the parade. This will help law enforcement officers quickly identify your child by their pirate garb. If you lose your child, alert the closest officer immediately. They will be stationed along the entire route.

Drinking and Wet Zone Map: Drinking is PROHIBITED during the Ashley Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick Fil A (Jan 22). During the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest (Jan 29) wet zones will be established along the parade route and in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Consuming alcohol on public property outside these wet zones is prohibited.

There is Zero Tolerance for underage alcohol consumption and disruptive behavior. Please drink responsibly.

  • No underage alcohol consumption
  • No open alcohol containers or consumption outside of designated wet zones
  • No coolers, kegs, or vessels that provide mass distribution of alcohol
  • No glass containers of any type
  • No failure to use available event port-o-lets
  • NOTE: All bags and backpacks are subject to search

Know: Weapons of any kind, glass containers, coolers, kegs, styrofoam cups, grills, tents, and fencing are just a few items that are PROHIBITED during the event.

Pets: Pets (with the exception of service animals) are not allowed at the event.

Bicycles: Bicycles are allowed for transportation to the event site, however within the event street closure cyclists must walk with their bikes. The event site is very crowded with pedestrians, including small children. Do not leave your bicycle unattended and do not lock it on private or city property.


Road Closures Maps and Times: There will be several road closures in and around Tampa’s downtown & along Bayshore Blvd due to the parades. 

Parking: Please note there will be heavy traffic in and around Tampa’s downtown due to Gasparilla. Allow ample time to arrive at your destination and secure parking. Below we’ve outlined some available event parking options:

  • Tampa Convention Center Garage (Tampa St. & Brorein St.) is open 24/7 - at a rate of $15 per vehicle upon entry.
  • Ft. Brooke Garage (Whiting St. between Franklin St. & Florida Ave.) will open at 7:00 a.m. at a rate of $15 per vehicle entry.
  • Poe Garage (Ashley St., south of Cass St.) is open 24/7 - at a rate of $15 per vehicle upon entry. Due to the parade route, this garage will close from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Customers will not be able to enter or exit this garage until after 6:00 p.m.
  • Prepay to reserve your parking spot in city lots or garages.

Attendees may also consider parking in Ybor or the Channel District and taking the Tampa Streetcar for FREE to the event.

NEW FOR 2022: The Jolley Roger Trolley will run on a continuous loop, as it picks up and drops off event attendees at the intersections of both Platt St and Bayshore Blvd, as well as Bay to Bay Blvd and Bayshore Blvd. It will operate from 10 am -8 pm. This service is FREE.

Boat Docking: Docking space in and around downtown Tampa for Gasparilla is extremely limited. Boaters attempting to “come ashore” along the Bayshore Boulevard balustrade or any other property without a permit are strictly prohibited.

There is limited docking space available at The Tampa Convention Center or in the Marina area along Bayshore between Platt Street and the Davis Island Bridge, available through the City of Tampa Parks Department (Phone: 813-259-1604).

The boat ramp at Ballast Point Park will be closed on January 29, 2022, from 10 a.m. to noon.

#BeadFreeBay is an anti-littering awareness campaign to remind the public that throwing beads and other litter in the water is prohibited. Beads and other non-biodegradable items are incredibly harmful to our environment and they pose serious threats to marine wildlife. The goal of the Bead-Free Bay campaign is to minimize the environmental impact of our City’s traditions and events on our waterways and beyond.


Ashley Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick Fil A (Jan 22): ADA Accessible parking is available on Howard Ave with a reserved viewing area at Howard and Bayshore Blvd.

Map of accessible parking and parade viewing for the Ashley Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick Fil A (Jan 22).

Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest (Jan 29): There are a number of ADA-accessible parking spots at the Fort Brooke Garage. Please note that due to high traffic volume parking may be limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A disabled vehicle permit is required.

There is also a free parade viewing area reserved for disabled patrons located in downtown Tampa at the intersection of Ashley Drive and Whiting Street. In order to ensure accommodation for as many disabled patrons as possible, the number of guests per disabled patron is limited to three people. Note: There are no seats or bleachers in this reserved area.

In addition, disabled patrons can be accommodated in reserved parade seating sections along Bayshore and/or at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center. To order, visit Gasparilla Treasures™ or call (813) 251-8844. Please notify your ticket representative of any special needs.

Map of accessible parking and parade viewing for the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest (Jan 29).


For more important Gasparilla event updates, safety tips, and traffic alerts, text GASPARILLA to 888-777 to have information sent directly to your phone.