Tampa’s 2021 Gasparilla parades are officially canceled

The Knight parade organizers will make their decision at a Tuesday night meeting.

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The run-up to and aftermath of the Bucs’ historic, home stadium Super Bowl victory may have felt like a mini-Gasparilla, but Tampeños should probably put their pirate cosplay away now because Tampa’s Gasparilla parade is canceled for 2021.

Citing the health and safety of parade goers, organizers for the big Gasparilla parade as well as the kid’s parade—originally postponed until April 17 and April 10 respectively—canceled the gatherings outright on Tuesday.

Instead, fans of Gasparilla should look forward to 2022 when the big parade and kid’s parade happen on Jan. 29 and Jan. 22, respectively.

“This year's cancellation of Gasparilla festivities is not the first in event history,” organizers wrote in a press release. “Over the past 107 years, parades were not held for numerous reasons, including when the city had limited public celebrations or during wartimes.”

A rep for the Knight Parade, which is postponed until May, told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the 2021 Knight Parade is on the agenda of a board meeting happening tonight. "I should have an update by morning, and will let you know as soon as I can," the rep told CL.

Ticketholders can get a refund, roll their credit over to 22 or donate the value of their tickets to local charities. “Ticket holders will receive further information by email or can contact office@eventfest.com or (813) 251-8844,” the release says.

So what about the other Gasparilla-related events? A rep for Gasparilla Music Festival, which had yet to even announce dates for its 2021 concerts, told CL they would have an update later this week. CL also reached out to organizers for the Gasparilla International Film Festival (postponed until May), and we expect to see an update from the postponed Gasparilla Distance Classic soon, too.

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Read his intro letter and 2021 disclosure. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The Daily Beast. Products...
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