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January 4, 2020
We want to help you and the kids easily navigate the Gasparilla Children’s Parade this Saturday, January 18, 2020, so we’re sharing our top tips along with tips from parents like you!
First–did you know the Gasparilla Children’s Parade is so much more than just a parade??? It’s an all day experience jam-packed with family-friendly fun!
You can arrive as early as 11:00 am when vendors open and the first special event kicks off–the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Rodeo at Bayshore Blvd and Rome Ave which is an absolute must attend! Your child can navigate the bike course (Tampa Police will provide bikes if your child does not ride one to the parade route), learn safety tips and even get fitted for a FREE helmet while supplies last. Bikes will be provided to ride if you don’t bring your own.
The Preschooler’s Stroll presented by ZooTampa follows at 1:00 pm at Bayshore Blvd and Howard, ending at Rome Ave. This is the cutest parade you’ll ever see featuring pint-sized pirates and their families!
New this year is an added air show experience with an Air Invasion performance by aerobatic pilots flying vintage military planes and USSOCOM parachute jumps!
The main parade steps off at 3:30 pm at Bayshore and Bay to Bay Blvd and ends at Edison Ave. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks show, Piratechnics!
One of our favorite ways to view the parade, especially when you have little ones or plan to arrive just before the main parade steps off…are the reserved seats like the First Mate seats and bleacher seats. (Also a great option if you want to avoid big crowds while viewing the parade.)
The First Mate seats are on the waterside of Bayshore Blvd–it’s one row of folding chairs with plenty of room to park a stroller, wagon or bikes. This is pretty much the best way to guarantee front row views and is great for families with little ones.
The Bleacher Seats are available on the water side and land side. It’s also a reserved spot with great views and access to catch plenty of beads.
If you really want to elevate your day, consider the Scully VIP tent which includes a picnic buffet, snacks and a reserved bleacher seat.
Here are some more great parade day tips from parents like you:
Learn more pro tips from local blogger, krewe member and mom, Carlee Bowdoin in her article on Gasparilla Children’s Parade tips that was featured in our January 2018 issue: Your Map to Parade Day Treasures.