Things to do in Tampa: Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition

Calling all pirates, privateers, and swashbucklers to the Henry B. Plant Museum! On January 18th, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition sails into the Museum. Dive deep into the history of Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival. This exhibit explores the uncharted waters of more than 110 years of parades, pirate invasions, coronation balls, and more. Gaze at vintage photographs from 1904 to the present, see memorabilia including invitations and pirate tokens, and marvel at gowns worn by Gasparilla queens and members of their courts. Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition will run from January 18th to February 24th, 2019 and is underwritten by Hank, Suzanne, Sara Katherine and Margo Ennis.
To kick-off the new exhibit, the public is invited to “The History of Gasparilla and the Tampa Bay Hotel” by Rodney Kite-Powell on Friday, January 18th from 6:45-7:45 pm in the Music Room of The University of Tampa. Learn more about how this iconic building is part of Tampa’s favorite celebration. This event is free. Seating is limited. For information call 813-258-7302.


Date(s): December 31, 2018 – February 24, 2019
Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


401 W. Kennedy Blvd
Box 67F

TAMPA, FL 33606

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