Event: Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Additional information: http://gasparillapiratefest.com/
Time to hit the deck: 7:00 a.m. for the “Krewe” in Jacksonville at the Smart Center.
We will be headed to Tampa via Gainesville and headed to I 75, south. Along the way, we can pick up other Krewe members:
For Gainesville “Krewe”: Meet up at the Kangaroo gas station right before I-75
For Ocala “Krewe”: Meet up at the Rest area South of Tampa on I-75 Mile marker 348
For Tampa “Krewe”: Meet up at Sunoco/Dunkin Donuts in Land O’ Lakes. Take exit 275 off I-75. (it is across from the Texas Roadhouse)
We should arrive in Land O’ Lakes at about 10:30.
10:30-11:00 transit to Ybor City
11:00 arrive Ybor City at Palm Avenue Parking Garage. See information below for details about transit to Downtown. $4.00 parking for more than 3 hours. $5.00 for unlimited Streetcar ride. So, you need $9.00 for transportation!
11:00-12:00 Lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse
12:00-2:00 take streetcar to Downtown (must be there by 2:00 parade starts at 2:00)
2:00 Parade starts (need to be in place before 2:00)
2:00-5:30 Parade of the Pirates
Supplies Needed: Sunscreen, CHAIRS, cameras, and earplugs are suggested.
5:30 Make our way back to the parking garage. For those that want to stay in Tampa, we are headed to the beach for dinner. Restaurant to be announced!
DOWNTOWN & YBOR CITY PARKING: Throughout downtown Tampa and Ybor City, parking is available in various garages and lots. These garages have a one-time special event-parking rate paid upon entry.
Please Note: Parking enforcement in the area of festivities and the neighborhoods bordering the parade route will begin on Thursday afternoon. Friday at 8 AM to NOON pink slip warnings will be distributed. Parking tickets will be issued for illegal parking from NOON until 10 p.m. on Friday. After 10:00 PM on Friday and until the end of the event, cars will be towed. Be aware, Tampa Police Department will tow cars which will result in additional fees and the inconvenience of having to get your car out of impound!
PUBLIC TRANSIT: You can hop on-board the TECO Line Streetcar in Ybor City and ride it into Downtown Tampa. Park your car at the Centro Ybor Parking Garage or the Palm Avenue Garage. It’s only $1.00 for the first three hours; $4 for over 3 hours. For Ybor City parking information call (813) 242-5484.
You can buy a 1-Day Unlimited Ride Pass for just $5 using cash or credit/debit cards at Ticket Vending Machines, located at all streetcar stations in Ybor City. During Gasparilla, the streetcar line will begin operations from Eighth Avenue and 20th Street (Centennial Park Station) in Ybor City and end at Dick Greco Plaza in Downtown Tampa, just blocks away from Platt Street and Bayshore Boulevard - the heart of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest! HART will provide continuous streetcar service 9 a.m. – 2 AM. In addition, HART will operate buses 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. from Ybor City (Streetcar Society and Cadrecha Plaza stations) to Downtown Tampa, and 4 - 7 p.m. from Downtown Tampa (Greco Plaza and Tampa Tribune Station) to Ybor City. HART's street team will be in full force during Gasparilla to help facilitate use of streetcar, In-Town Trolleys and buses.