A float comes through Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Tampa.

Photos: Tampa kicks off Gasparilla season with Children’s Parade

The event features an all-day lineup of family-friendly fun.
A float comes through Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
The event features an all-day lineup of family-friendly fun.
Published Jan. 21|Updated Jan. 21

Tampa’s Gasparilla season officially started Saturday with the Children’s Parade, an all day event catering to Tampa Bay’s youngest pirates.

A large skeleton waves at passers-by along Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade festivities on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
A large skeleton waves at passers-by along Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade festivities on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
(From left) Savannah Trinh, 9, Elijah Trinh, 7, of Clearwater, and Amidala Hunter, 5, of Tampa, color at an activity table at the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
(From left) Savannah Trinh, 9, Elijah Trinh, 7, of Clearwater, and Amidala Hunter, 5, of Tampa, color at an activity table at the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Amidala Hunter, 5, of Tampa, colors at a craft table during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
Amidala Hunter, 5, of Tampa, colors at a craft table during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
(From left) Wyatt Farrior, 22, Gator Farrior, 27, and Elizabeth King, 28, all of Tampa, assemble a skeleton decoration before the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
(From left) Wyatt Farrior, 22, Gator Farrior, 27, and Elizabeth King, 28, all of Tampa, assemble a skeleton decoration before the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Isabella Berg, 6, of New Port Richey, participates in the Bicycle + Pedestrian Safety Rodeo before the Children's Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
Isabella Berg, 6, of New Port Richey, participates in the Bicycle + Pedestrian Safety Rodeo before the Children's Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Floats come through Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
Floats come through Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Children in pirate costumes ride on a float as it comes through Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
Children in pirate costumes ride on a float as it comes through Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor passes out beads during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor passes out beads during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Children reach for beads during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
Children reach for beads during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
A float comes through Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
A float comes through Bayshore Boulevard during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
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Children reach for beads during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
Children reach for beads during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Anthoraj Michael, 38, of Valrico, pushes Amila Michael, 2, of Valrico, on a pirate ship before the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa.
Anthoraj Michael, 38, of Valrico, pushes Amila Michael, 2, of Valrico, on a pirate ship before the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 in Tampa. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]