TAMPA — Bayshore Boulevard will once again become a playground for pint-sized pirates Saturday during the annual Children's Gasparilla Parade.
The festivities for the Gasparilla Extravaganza start at 11 a.m. and go past sunset when a fireworks show ends the evening. Parents can expect less swashbuckling and more family-friendly fun than the adult pirate parade slated for a week later.
"It's such a great family-friendly event," said Maiken Stefany, an event coordinator for EventFest, the company that produces Gasparilla. "And there's not quite anything like this anywhere else in the country."
The children's parade, which starts at 3:30 p.m., has about 140 units. It will include 49 krewes, two marching bands and six dance groups along with dozens of floats.
Pirates won't have to worry about rain this year, but they might need a jacket.
"It's going to be a little cool," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Mike Clay. "Temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s."
With an event that lasts from morning until night, Stefany suggests layering pirate garb to get through the day. And for a stress-free start, provide enough time to park and make it to the parade route on time, she said.
Not interested in venturing out with the rest of the pirates?
For the first time, WTVT-13 will broadcast the parade live from 4 to 6 p.m.
Shelley Rossetter can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 661-2442.