Ahoy, there matey! Beware of the pirates coming into our harbor & lands!

On Saturday, January 28th, 2011, thousands of locals & visitors will line the Tampa waterfront to watch as the fully rigged pirate ship Jose Gasparilla sails into the south end of Hillsborough Bay with hundreds of pirates aboard, cannons booming and a massive flotilla of pleasure boats accompanying it. The ship will dock at the Tampa Convention Center around 1 p.m., where the mayor will surrender the key to the city into the hands of the captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. After the invasion hundreds of pirates will be tossing thousands of beads to hundreds of thousands who line the streets along Tampa’s waterfront. This parade historically brings more than 90 elaborate floats, 14 marching bands, the U.S. Navy Band and 50 pirate krewes.

This year’s special guest & grand marshal is Jim Belushi, the TV & movie star. Jim & his R&B band, the Sacred Hearts, will be playing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino the night before.

The Gasparilla Invasionpresented by
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Route: The Jose Gasparilla sets sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay at 11:30 a.m., sails north to Seddon Channel (between Davis Island and Harbour Island), continues  north and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m.
Viewing: The best seats for the invasion are at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Convention Center (reserved ticket required).  However, there are many other places in downtown Tampa – many waterfront hotels, places along Davis Island and Harbour Island –to view this spectacular event!
Admission Free
Gasparilla Invasion Brunchpresented byTampa Bay’s Luxury Lifestyle Magazine
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Tampa Convention Center333 S. Franklin Street, TampaParking is available at the Tampa Convention Center and throughout downtown, but plan to arrive early as parking fills up quickly for the event.
Admission Reserved ticket required for adults and for children over the age of two.  
Gasparilla Parade of the Piratespresented by
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
Time: 2 p.m. – approx. 5:30 p.m.
Route: The parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive
Viewing: Reserved bleacher seats are the best way to secure a spot for this unique,lively parade. There are many locations open to the public along Bayshore Boulevard and in downtown Tampa for viewing the parade. 
See Event Map.
Admission FreeReserved seating is available.  Children two and under must remain in an adult’s lap.   See bleacher seating locations on the Event Map.
When: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Downtown Tampa, along Ashley Drive. from Kennedy Blvd. to Cass Street
Admission: Free
Entertainment MacDill Park StageWhiting and Ashley, Downtown Tampa~~~~~ http://gasparillapiratefest.coml