Gasparilla Festival 2010

January 30th is the date you want to be in Tampa if you love pirates. Gasparilla is a site to be seen!

Gasparilla Festival 2010

Gasparilla Festival 2010

Whether you call it Gasparilla Days, the Gasparilla Festival, or the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Tampa, Florida knows how to put on a show. Traveling to Tampa from the Jacksonville area is a perfect weekend outing and January 30th is the date you want to be in Tampa if you love pirates. This huge festival is a site to be seen!

TAMPA, FL -EventFest & Mix 100.7 FM announced today that COLLECTIVE SOUL will headline the Pirate Fest Stage, presented by Captain Morgan Rum and Mix 100.7 for the 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest. COLLECTIVE SOUL is scheduled to perform in the newly opened Curtis Hixon Park located along Tampa’s Riverwalk at Zack and Ashley in downtown Tampa beginning at 8 p.m. Admission to Tampa’s Gasparilla festivities, including all Pirate Fest concerts is free.

“We are honored to have COLLECTIVE SOUL headline our Pirate Fest Stage in the newly re-opened Curtis Hixon Park along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa,” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest, Inc. Gasparilla features an expanded parade route along Ashley Drive ending at Cass Street this year. We are blessed to have this exciting new special event space in downtown on the RiverWalk for our Community to enjoy, and combining the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates with COLLECTIVE SOUL as our Pirate Fest Stage headliner confirms that downtown Tampa is the best location to enjoy all the Gasparilla festivities in 2010.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

“Mix100.7 is extremely excited to get such a BIG ACT for this year’s Gasparilla celebration! COLLECTIVE SOUL is a solid, class act that appeals to so many life groups‚” said Doug Hamand, Operations Manager, Clear Channel Radio. With such smash hits like The World I KnowDecemberShine and their latest hit Staring Down this should be a great show for everyone going to this year’s event!‚”

COLLECTIVE SOUL recently released their self-titled 8th studio album in August of 2009 and will release their new single ‚”You‚” in January 2010. For information on the multi-platinum band hailing from Atlanta, Georgia please visit www.CollectiveSoul.com.

About the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2010, in Tampa and will feature the historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.

About the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch: The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center provides the best view in town of the historic Gasparilla Invasion, as the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail up Seddon Channel aboard the Jose Gasparilla, and dock tableside at 1 p.m. The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, includes live entertainment, a buffet brunch with cash bar and reserved table seating for one of the most unique and colorful spectacles found anywhere in the world. Gasparilla Invasion Brunch (Adults: $63, Child: $53) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $88, Child COMBO $78) are available on-line (www.GasparillaPirateFest.com) or by phone (813) 251-8844.

About the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates: Following another successful invasion by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the focus shifts to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard, where a victory parade begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, which has been presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way along Hillsboro Bay into downtown Tampa, with over 140 units – featuring approximately ninety (90) floats, marching bands and over fifty (50) participating social organizations (i.e. krewes).

Parade of the Pirates

Parade of the Pirates

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel a new route into downtown Tampa in 2010. The Parade will cross into downtown over the Brorein Street bridge, turn north on Ashley Drive, and end at Cass Street and Ashley Drive in the new Cultural Arts District in downtown Tampa.

About the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival: Following the Parade, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues Tampa’s piratical fun with a variety of live entertainment on stages throughout Downtown Tampa. The newly redesigned and expanded Curtis Hixon Park ‚Äì located on the east side of the Hillsborough River across from the University of Tampa between Madison and Polk, will re-open in December 2009, and once again will host the main Gasparilla entertainment stage for Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Live entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. and will be scheduled prior to and following the historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates.

Additional entertainment stages will be located at Platt and Bayshore (Invasion Stage) and at the Hyatt Regency Tampa (Whiting and Franklin) in downtown Tampa. Entertainment schedules will be released in late December detailing performance times and musical genre for each location.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $30, per person (tax included). For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log onto www.GasparillaPirateFest.com and click on the “Tickets ‘n Treasures” link to be directed to the Gasparilla shopping cart. Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling EventFest Gasparilla Ticket Reservation Line at (813) 251-8844. A ticket representative will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Reserved Seating for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Parade is limited, and has been relocated in many areas for the 2010 event. All reserved tickets are assigned in the order they are received, therefore guests should order their reserved tickets early to best accommodate any seating preference they may request.

Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest Sponsors as of the date of this release include:

Title Sponsor – Seminole Hard Hotel & Casino – Tampa

Alley – Clark – Greiwe; Anheuser Busch, Inc; Carey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.; Catering By the Family; CENTRO Tampa; The City of Tampa; Clear Channel Radio of Tampa Bay including: WBTP-FM 95.7 The Beat, WFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZ, WFUS-FM US 103.5, WMTX-FM MIX 100.7, 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 970 WFLA FOX Newsradio; Diageo – Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; Hadlow Family; Harrod Family; Hillsborough County; Horizon Bay Senior Communities; Hyatt Regency Tampa; La Maxima 92.5 FM; Nelson Construction Company; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; Professional Insurance Center; Skanska USA Building, Inc.; Rosemurgy Family; Sunset Salsa; TAMCO; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Telemundo Tampa; Turner Family; WFLA ‚Äì TV News Channel 8 and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
Tampa’s Gasparilla events, including the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

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