WHO WE ARE

Inspired by the Legend of Pirate Jose Gaspar, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla was founded in 1904 as an organization dedicated to enriching the vitality and imagination of Tampa and its surrounding community.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH & CULTURAL ENRICHMENT

Through special appearances, Krewe members (of the YMKG-established Inter-Krewe Council) participate in events to promote the Bay Area community. Krewe members—decked in pirate attire—regularly visit hospitals, assisted living centers, and schools, engaging the community in the spirit and fun of Gasparilla events.

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EVENT CALENDAR

Kickoff Gasparilla season with us at the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
CHILDREN’S GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA
BAYSHORE BOULEVARD | 3:30PM - 6PM

Mateys of all ages jump and shout for beads as over 100 parade floats make their way down Tampa Bay's Bayshore Boulevard. Since 1947, families, friends and neighbors bring their own krewes out to take in Gasparilla's Children's Parade.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019
GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST
BAYSHORE BOULEVARD | 11AM

Named for pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Tampa's annual Gasparilla celebration begins with the Gasparilla invasion. Over 750 swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay aboard the majestic pirate ship "Jose Gasparilla" kicking off a full schedule of pirate-themed events.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019
SANT’ YAGO KNIGHT PARADE
YBOR CITY | 6:30PM

The Knight Parade follows Tampa's annual Gasparilla celebration. The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago has hosted it every year since 1974, and it is considered the largest of its kind in the Southeast.

WEEKEND, FEBRUARY 23-24, 2019
GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC
PLATT ST. & BAYSHORE BOULEVARD | 6AM

Come out to Tampa Bay and test your endurance at the Gasparilla Distance Classic. Surrounded by the area's beautiful weather (yep, it's paradise), every stride you make at the race benefits charitable youth organizations across the Tampa Bay Area. Since 1978, the association has donated $3.9 million.

WEEKEND, MARCH 2-3, 2019
GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
CURTIS HIXON WATERFRONT PARK | TIMES VARY

Artists and art lovers from all parts of the country head to the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts every winter, where the country's most accomplished artists and rising stars vie for the $15,000 Raymond James Best of Show Award and an additional $59,500 in prize money.

WEEK OF MARCH 19-24, 2019
GASPARILLA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL
LOCATIONS VARY | TIMES VARY

The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and entertains through its annual celebration of film, year-round events, community outreach and social awareness initiatives while also supporting and cultivating the film industry of Tampa Bay and Florida, and making an economic impact on our region.

WEEKEND, MARCH 9-11, 2019
GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL
CURTIS HIXON WATERFRONT PARK | TIMES VARY

With two full days of music across four stages, the 2018 festival will be the biggest yet. The lineup also features many of Tampa's best eateries, including The Refinery, Malio's Steakhouse, Ella's Folk Art Cafe (the chicken and waffle cone, it really happened) and more. The festival is kid-friendly with children's offered early each day.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019
GASPARILLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
TBA | TBA

Tampa has joined the ranks of other major cities who honor the importance of the automobile in our development as a country and a culture. As the first even Conours d'Elegance for Tampa, the most rare, exquisites, and historically important automobiles and motorcycles will be on display.