Gasparilla in Hillsborough County 2020

Every year the pirates invade Hillsborough County during the "Gasparilla Pirate Fest." The name of this Tampa event goes all the way back to late 18th century when pirates roamed the seas. Find cool facts about the parade, things to do, and what to do with all those beads.

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Jose Gaspar

Faces behind the Places: Jose Gaspar

January 29, 2018
Hillsborough County is full of inspiring, iconic, and interesting places and events, and there are...
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Ladder truck

County Rolls Out Big Fire Truck for Little Pirates' Parade

January 17, 2020
A bright-yellow Hillsborough County fire truck will stretch out among participants in the...
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Gasparilla beads

Recycling Tips for Your Pirate Party Castoffs

January 29, 2018
Once the crowd moves on and it is time to clean up after your big Gasparilla party, you may be...
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Gasparilla 1947

Ahoy, Hillsborough. Happy Birthday!

January 15, 2020
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates will scramble ashore and parade along Bayshore Boulevard into...
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Gasparilla NHL Weekend

Scout Out Hillsborough's All-Star Attractions

February 4, 2020
Looking for a taste of Hillsborough County while you're out and about? Strawberries will sweeten...
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ADA Krewe

Galleon Float Helps Keep Gasparilla Open for All

July 30, 2018
The nation's first parade float built to accommodate people with disabilities and special needs...
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Fire Boat

Grant Helps Float County's (Fire) Boat

September 12, 2019
Fast and versatile, Hillsborough County's 38-foot fire boat provides critical protection in a...
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Firing Gun

A Gasparilla Fixture, Ship Disappeared 100 Years Ago

September 26, 2018
The USCGC Tampa, retooled as a Navy escort ship during World War I, slipped beneath the waves on...