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Here is the float lineup for the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates

For those keeping track, here is the order of floats as they make their way down Bayshore Boulevard for the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
The annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates along Bayshore Boulevard on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa.
The annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates along Bayshore Boulevard on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa.
Published Jan. 25, 2019

Times Staff Writer

Once the pirate flotilla makes its way down Seddon Channel and completes its "invasion" of Tampa, it will be party time along Bayshore Boulevard for the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.s will

About 250,000 people are expected to cram into downtown Tampa for Saturday's Gasparilla festivities, according to Don Barnes, executive officer of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

This will include 114 floats, five bands, 14 dignitaries, 18 vessels participating in the invasion flotilla, up to 500 private vessels, and millions of plastic beads.

Parade-goers can keep track of the floats as they make their way along the route. Here is the lineup:

Tampa Police Department

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Florida Highway Patrol motorcycles

Crime Stoppers

Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Nick Lo Cicero


Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Flag Boys

Hometown Hero (Vehicle)

Mayor Bob Buckhorn

Jefferson High School Band

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel - Tampa

Grand Marshal - Mario Lopez

Krewe of Carnival

Tampa Bay Lightning

Krewe of Ann Jeffrey

Krewe of Sir Francis Drake

iHeart Media #1 (93.3 FLZ)

Unsinkable Krewe of Molly Brown

Outback Bowl

Krewe of Rumrunners

Krewe of Knights of St. John

Krewe of Chasco

Krewe of Neptune

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Pirates Parapet (Cannon)

Krewe of St. Brigit

Crewe of Bobbie C. Davis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MacDill Air Force Base

iHeart Media #2 (Mix 100.7)

USF Unit:

- Car (President Judy Genshaft)

- Float

- Band

MacDill Col. Snelson

Congresswoman Kathy Castor

Sen. Janet Cruz

Sen. Darryl Rouson

Rep. Jackie Toledo

Rep. Dianne Hart

Tampa City Council Chairman Frank Reddick

Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller

Sickles High School Band

Krewe of Samuel Bellamy

Krewe of Pandora

"F" Troop

Krewe of Celts

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Unit:

- Captain Richard M. Chapman III

- 1st Lt. L.B. Sierra Jr.

- 2nd Lt. Jerry E. Fogarty III

- Royal Float

- Skull & Treasure

Thieves of San Lorenzo:

- Float

- Float

Buccaneer Beads

Ye Mystic Special Forces Krewe

Department of Defense Warrior Games

Ye Krewe of Valor

Rough Riders Unit:

- Trolley

- Train

- Coal Car

- Yucatan Ship

- 2 Jeep

- Teddy Roosevelt Float

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Skeleton Cove (Cannon)

J.A. Haley VA Hospital

J.A. Haley Mobile Medical Unit

iHeart Media #3 (95.7 The Beat)

Royal Krewe of Privateers

Krewe of Grace O'Malley:

- Float

- Float

- Float

Krewe of Venus:

- Float

- Float

Krewe of Sea Save Yours

Krewe of Sir Henry Morgan:

- Float

- Float

Alegria's Kickin For Kids/Krewe of Alegria


Blake High School Band

Westchase Freebooters

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Happy Pirate

Krewe of Italia

Krewe of Brigadoon

Krewe of the Nautilus

Sirens of the Golden Sabre

Tampa Bay Rays

Captain Morgan Rum/Diageo

Krewe of Conquistadors of Tampa Bay

Bonney Read Krewe

13 Ugly Men Foundation

Krewe of Rogues

Krewe of Queen Anne's Revenge Unit:

- Float

- Float

- Float

Ye Mystic Krewe of Jose Gaspar (Cannon)

Krewe of Mambi

Krewe of Castaways

Krewe of Charlotte De Berry

Krewe of Seven Celtic Nations

Buffalo Soldiers

Krewe of Girls N' Pearls

Voodoo Krewe

Crewe of DeSoto/Hernando De Soto Historical Society

Krewe of the Black Pearl

iHeart Media #4 (US 103.5)

Krewe of Pair O' Dice

Stepp's Tow Unit

Krewe of Blackbeard's Revenge

East Bay High School Band

Krewe of Tronando

Krewe of Sant 'Yago:

- 2 Cars

- Royal Float

- Members Float

- Trolley

Krewe of Les Belle Femmes

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Kraken

Familia de Gladiatores Krewe

Krewe of Agustina De Aragon:

- Float

- Float

Krewe of the Peg Leg Pirate

Krewe of Saint Florian

Anna Maria Island Privateers

Royal Krewe of Sparta

Krewe of Ft. Brooke:

- Float

- Float

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Gillie Gaspar (Cannon)

Krewe of Zingaro

Festival of Chariots

Gaucho Association

Krewe of Mustang Sallies

Tampa Bay Tech High School Band

Krewe of the South Shore Marauders

Krewe of Princess Ulele

U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion

Krewe of Semper Fi (Marine Families)

iHeart Media #5 (98 Rock)

Krewe of Shamrock

Krewe of the Conch Republic

Operation Hope of Tampa Bay

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Krewe of Ybor

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (Cannon)

Sultans of Egypt Shrine

Krewe of the Santa Margarita:

- Float

- Float

Krewe of Hillsborough

Spirit of Cigar City Krewe

Krewe of Bowlegs

Tampa Caribbean Festival

Grand Krewe de Libertalia

Krewe of Lords & Ladies

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Jail (Cannon)

Stepp's Tow Unit

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Suburban

Ferman Flatbed

Tampa Police Department


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