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The McDonalds Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza

Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

An alchohal-free event, celebrating the return of the Gasparilla Season to Tampa Bay!


Gasparilla Children's Parade


Mateys of all ages jump and shout for beads as over 100 parade floats make their way down Tampa Bay’s Bayshore Boulevard. Since 1947, families, friends and neighbors bring their own krewes out to take in the 2016 McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza.

The parade is all about elaborate floats, impeccably dressed krewes, booming marching bands, whirling dancers, and the familiar faces of schools and community organizations.

2015 Children's Gasparilla ExtravaganzaThis year’s parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore, ending along Watrous/Orleans Ave., nearly a mile-and-a-half away. It ends, of course, with a bang.What pirate parade would be complete without some monstrous “pirate-technic” explosions? Take a gander as they recreate the battle between Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and Tampa. The pirates win every year, arghhh!

The 2016 McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The alcohol-free McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza focuses on family friendly activities along Bayshore Boulevard and will feature the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, the Gasparilla Air Invasion, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade, and the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza presented by McDonald’s.



Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll Tampa

The Stroll begins at 1:30 p.m.

The Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll Tampa will begin at Howard and Bayshore and conclude at Rome Avenue. This half mile route is limited to Tampa’s “pint-sized” pirates, children 5 and under, (and their families) and provides families and groups the opportunity to dress up and creatively decorate their wagons and strollers as they celebrate the return of the Gasparilla season. The 2016 Stroll will feature over 1,200 participants, as Tampa’s next generation of pirates make their way up Bayshore Boulevard to the delight of thousands.


Gasparilla Air Invasion & SOCOM Jump

3 p.m. (just prior to the start of the Children’s Gasparilla Parade)

Features a precision parachute jump from the United States Special Operations Jump Team – The Para-Commandos.


The Children’s Gasparilla Parade, Driven by Chevrolet

3:30 p.m. (beginning at Bay to Bay and Bayshore)

Children ages 6 and up will dance, march and parade down Bayshore Boulevard. The Children’s Gasparilla Parade has been extended by four (4) blocks and will end at Edison and Bayshore. The extension of the parade route will allow extra viewing, and help accommodate the extremely large crowds found each year at the north end of the event’s parade route. The 2016 Children’s Gasparilla Parade will include 102 units, featuring dance units, spectacular floats, and over 40 krewes. For the third year, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade will be broadcast live on FOX13 on January 23, 2016 from 4 – 6 p.m. The parade will also be streamed live on


Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza, Presented by McDonalds

7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (best viewed from Bayshore Boulevard)

The event concludes with the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza presented by McDonald’s, with Tampa Bay’s largest pyrotechnic display of the year launched over western Hillsborough Bay.

The Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza willbroadcast live on FOX 13 at 7 p.m. on January 23, 2016.



Gasparilla Extravaganza details can be found at





Tampa’s Official Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.


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