TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are excited to announce that Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa returns for a third year as title sponsor of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in 2012.   


“Once again, we’re looking forward to offering the Tampa Bay community a rocking good time with a continued commitment to responsibility and safety for the 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest.” said John Fontana, President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa.


“Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration continues its multi-generational support from Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla” said Darrell Stefany, President, EventFest. “As we enter our third year with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa as title sponsor of Gasparilla Pirate Fest, we are excited by our sponsor’s continuing support, and excited that Tampa’s Gasparilla tradition sails full ahead  - promising a festive, “piratical” tradition for all to enjoy, while delivering an annual 42 million dollar economic impact to Hillsborough County,” added Stefany.  


            About the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2012, 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 Bruch: 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: $65, Child: $55) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $92, Child COMBO $82) are available on-line (www.GasparillaTreasures.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).


The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel from Bayshore into downtown Tampa. 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 Waterfront Park – located on the east side of the Hillsborough River across from the University of Tampa between Madison and Polk, will host the main Gasparilla entertainment stage for Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Live entertainment will be scheduled following the historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates. 


An additional Latin themed entertainment stage is scheduled to be located downtown pre parade in MacDill Park, on the west side of Ashley Drive along the river between Whiting and Jackson Streets. Entertainment schedules will be released in mid-December detailing performance times and musical genre for each location.


About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $32, 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.GasparillaTreasures.com.  Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling EventFest’s Gasparilla Ticket Reservation Line at (813) 251-8844.  A ticket representative will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  

NEW in 2012!,Our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating, located on the water side of Bayshore Boulevard, between Ardson and Carolina. This single row, chair seating provides guaranteed front-row fun at Tampa`s historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates in 2012. First Mate Seating Tickets are $40 per person (tax included).  

Reserved Seating for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Parade is limited, and has been relocated in many areas for the 2012 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.


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,400 of the most popular slot machines plus Florida’s largest and smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud.  For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating.  Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Tampa’s premier steak house Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. Authentic Native American arts and crafts store Rainmaker now open! The hotel & casino is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa.  For more information, call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.



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


Title Sponsor – Seminole Hard Hotel & Casino - Tampa


Adams & Reese, LLC; Alley Ÿ Clark Ÿ Greiwe; Amalie Oil Company; 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; Nelson Construction Company; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; Professional Insurance Center; Sunset Salsa; Tampa Bay & Co.; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Tech Data; Telemundo Tampa; Turner Family; WFLA – 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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