Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Fest has announced the 2023 iteration of its events. Two events called the Ashley Children's Gasparilla Parade presented by Chick-fil-A will take place on January 21, 2023 and the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest will take place on January 28, 2023. Many streets will be closed due to the festivities of those days.
The Children's Gasparilla Parade has been a part of Tampa's Gasparilla celebration since 1947. It traditionally hosts more than 125 entry units, including Krewes, marching bands, dance troupes, school performance teams, and community organizations.
Parade applications for the festival are open to the public and can be accessed through the festival website. The parade is promoted as a family-friendly and non-alcoholic event. The Pirate event that will take place on January 28 is the YMKG Invasion and Pirate Parade. It ranks as the third largest parade in the United States, attracting half a million attendees annually.