Ye Mystic Krewe

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration held in the city of Tampa, Florida. Held each year in late January or early February and hosted by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa, it celebrates the apocryphal legend of José Gaspar (Gasparilla), a mythical Spanish pirate captain who supposedly operated in Southwest Florida. Over its first few decades, the Gasparilla parade was often scheduled to coincide with the Florida State Fair, which was held at Plant Field near the traditional parade route. Since the fair moved to a larger location several miles east in the 1970s, new supporting Gasparilla-themed events have taken its place, including a children’s parade, a film festival, an arts festival, a road race, a music festival, and the Sant’Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City.