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Gasparilla pirates to invade a week early

The Gasparilla Invasion and Parade will be held one week earlier this year so that it won't conflict with the Super Bowl.

The Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla announced Thursday that the route for the parade stays the same, but the date was changed to keep the Gasparilla events on separate weekends from the Super Bowl, which this year is the first Sunday in February.

The invasion kicks off at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 from the south end of Hillsborough Bay. The Gasparilla Parade of Pirates starts at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore Boulevard, goes north to the Platt Street bridge and then east on Channelside to Florida Avenue, north to Jackson Street and east on Jackson, ending at Morgan.

For information, call (813) 353-8108 or www.gasparillapiratefest.com.

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