The countdown to the launch of the Jose Gasparilla is displayed below. Gasparilla Day is January, 30, 2016. The pirate ship invasion flotilla starts at 11:30 A.M. at the Ballast Point pier. The Gasparilla parade starts at 2:00 P.M. on Bayshore Blvd.


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Gasparilla is Tampa's annual pirate invasion and parade. It is the city's largest party and attended by hundreds of thousands. The gasparilla invasion begins that day at 11:30 AM when the Jose Gasparilla sails from the Ballast Point pier across Hillsborough Bay, up the Seddon Channell and into downtown where the pirates sack the city.