TAMPA, FL.- Ahoy Matey! Mayor Jane Castor is excited to once again take part in the 2022 Ashley Children’s Gasparilla presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay, which has been a part of Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration since 1947.
On Saturday, this family-friendly, alcohol-free parade takes place along Bayshore Boulevard from Bay to Bay Boulevard, moving north to Edison Avenue.
Children’s Gasparilla traditionally hosts more than 120 entry units, including krewes, marching bands, dance groups, school performance teams, and community organizations.
While face masks are not required to take part in the children’s parade, health experts recommend wearing a face mask in crowded outdoor areas.
For those who may be immunocompromised, or don’t feel comfortable participating in the celebration, they are invited to take part in the festivities by watching the Children’s Parade as it’s broadcasted live on FOX13. The parade begins at 3:30 p.m.
Both the children’s parade and Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest were canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic.
Mayor Castor is also excited about the trend taking off to decorate your home as a Gasparilla float so everyone can take part, even if they are not able to attend the parade in person.
“Children’s Gasparilla is one our most beloved Gasparilla events and I’m so thrilled that it’s back this year,” Mayor Jane Castor said. “I definitely recommend that you go all out this year, whether that’s coming in costume, decorating your stroller as a pirate ship or decking your house out in Gasparilla gear!”
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