Gasparilla Invasion

The Gasparilla Invasion is one of the most iconic events of Gasparilla season.  The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla board their mighty ship, the Jose Gasparilla, and set sail from the South end of Hillsborough Bay.  From there, they sail through Seddon Channel (betwen Davis Island and Harbour Island) along with the Gasparilla Flotilla, laying siege to the City of Tampa with cannon fire and revelry.  The pirates arrive at the Tampa Convention Center to take the key to the City of Tampa then celebrate their victory throughout the day.

2020 Gasparilla Invasion

Where: Hillsborough Bay, Seddon Channel, Tampa Convention Center
When: Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Schedule of Events

  • 9:30am-1pm  Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center – Click Here For Tickets
  • 11:30am  The Jose Gasparilla sets sail from the South end of Hillsborough Bay
  • 1pm  The Jose Gasparilla arrives at the Tampa Convention Center

Link to official Gasparilla Invasion site

2020 Gasparilla Invasion FAQ’s

Where are the best places to watch the invasion?
  • Tampa Convention Center is probably the best spot, but tickets must be purchased in advance.  Click here for tickets.
  • There are many great spots on Davis Island and Harbour Island, but arrive early to get a good one.
  • Get a boat and sail with the flotilla.
Are there places to park my boat?

Yes, but spots are at a premium and sell out very early.

Are the pirates mean?

Yes…and dirty too!  ARRRGGGGHHH!  Just kidding.  The pirates are awesome and they love to share their treasures (beads) with everyone, especially the kids.  

Why do the pirates win every year?

Would it be as much fun if they lost?  Plus the pirates end up losing every year as well when the mayor boots them back out into the bay.  

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