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Jose Gasparilla pirate ship set to light up the sky with lasers in honor of Super Bowl 55

A ship that normally leads the Gasparilla flotilla will be the stage for a Super Bowl celebration.
Smoke billows off the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship as it carries members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla along Seddon Channel en route to the Tampa Convention Center during the 103nd Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates in 2020. It joins the celebration of Super Bowl 55 by hosting a laser light show this weekend and Feb. 5-6.
Smoke billows off the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship as it carries members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla along Seddon Channel en route to the Tampa Convention Center during the 103nd Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates in 2020. It joins the celebration of Super Bowl 55 by hosting a laser light show this weekend and Feb. 5-6. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TImes ]
Published Jan. 28
Updated Jan. 28

The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship will be the stage for a laser spectacular on Friday and Saturday and Super Bowl 55 weekend.

The four and a half minute laser light show will take place at 6:55, 7:55, 8:55 and 9:55 p.m. this weekend and next, Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 5-6. The ship will be illuminated for viewing nightly and up to 150 custom flags will cover the ship representing all 32 NFL teams and 22 Super Bowl flags.

The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship will be the stage for a laser light show in celebration of Super Bowl 55.
The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship will be the stage for a laser light show in celebration of Super Bowl 55. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TImes ]

Located approximately 400 feet from the shoreline, near the Tampa Convention Center, the ship will be viewable from 360 degrees to provide safe social distancing.

Docked in downtown Tampa, the Jose Gasparilla is one of the most iconic parts of the annual Gasparilla parade, Tampa’s biggest party and quirkiest tradition. In 1954, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the founding parade krewe, commissioned the construction of a 165-foot fully rigged pirate ship, which has led the annual invasion of Tampa ever since.