2022 CHILDREN’S GASPARILLA presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay


City of Tampa

2022 CHILDREN’S GASPARILLA presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

FREE TO ATTEND! To purchase reserved seating or shop souvenirs visit Gasparilla Treasures

Event Schedule:*Details and times subject to change for the 2022 event.*

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Bicycle + Pedestrian Safety Rodeo

Presented by the Tampa Police Department, onbikes and EventFest, Inc. 

Located on Bayshore Boulevard, between Rome Avenue and Dakota Avenue, the Bicycle Rodeo is free to participate and does not require registration. Participants will be fitted with a free, brand new bicycle helmet they can keep (while supplies last). They then hop on one of the Rodeo's bicycles and traverse through a mini traffic course that teaches bicycle and pedestrian safety.

12:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Gasparilla Air Invasion

Presented by EventFest, Inc.

Turn your eyes to the skies as the Gasparilla Air Invasion is back with it's largest airshow yet! With civilian aerobatic teams, vintage military aircraft and the US SOCOM Parachute Demonstration Team, the show is sure to impress aviation enthusiasts and novices alike. Check out the Gasparilla Air Invasion page for more details!

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Gasparilla Preschoolers' Stroll

Presented by EventFest, Inc. 

Beginning at Howard Avenue and ending at Rome Avenue, the Gasparilla Preschooler's Stroll features Tampa Bay's youngest pirates. Children five and under can strut their stuff along beautiful Bayshore Boulevard. Check out specially decorated wagons, bicycles and strollers and the best little pirate attire in the fastest-growing Gasparilla tradition.

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Children's Gasparilla Parade

Presented by EventFest, Inc. 

Widely considered the largest children's event in the country, the Children's Gasparilla Parade begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore Boulevard. Pirates, floats, marching bands and more proceed north along Bayshore Boulevard before ending at Edison Avenue.

The Children's Gasparilla Parade has been a part of Tampa's Gasparilla celebration since 1947. This family-friendly parade takes place along Bayshore Boulevard from Bay to Bay Boulevard, moving north to Edison Avenue.

The Children's Gasparilla Parade traditionally hosts more than 125 entry units, including krewes, marching bands, dance groups, school performance teams, and community organizations. Parade applications are open to the public!

The Children's Gasparilla Parade will be broadcast live on FOX 13 and streamed live on www.Fox13News.com

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Gasparilla Nighttime Air Invasion

Presented by EventFest, Inc. 

Continue the airshow fun during twilight hours with the Gasparilla Nighttime Air Invasion. The performances take flight at dusk and include a precision parachute jump from the United States Special Operation Jump Team and Ghostwriter Airshows' signature fireworks flight!

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM: "Piratechnic Finale"

Presented by EventFest, Inc. 

What do you get when you combine pirates and pyrotechnics - Piratechnics, of course! This "Piratechnic" firework finale recreates the imaginary battle between the pirates of YMKG and the City of Tampa. The annual "battle" began in 1904, and the pirates remain undefeated to this day! Children's Gasparilla's colorful finale sets the scene for the energetic Gasparilla Pirate Fest scheduled for the following Saturday.

Reserved Children’s Parade Seating

To purchase Reserved Seating for the Children's Gasparilla Parade, please visit GasparillaTreasures.com or click on Gasparilla Treasures™.

Please Note – At the Children’s Gasparilla Parade, you do not need a reserved ticket to cross to the waterside of the parade route. Parade Crossings are located each block of the Parade Route from Barcelona to Edison …. allowing access to the waterside of Bayshore Boulevard.

More info: https://childrens.gasparillapiratefest.com/