Parking, Street Closure Info: 2019 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates

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Avast me hearties! The City of Tampa wants you to prepare for heavier than normal traffic on Saturday, Jan. 26 in downtown and South Tampa as we batten down the hatches and prepare for great fun and high adventure during the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest!

The pirates arrive by sea as the fully rigged Jose Gasparilla sails into Seddon Channel and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m.

Then, the marauding buccaneers gather at the intersection of Bay-to-Bay and Bayshore Boulevard for the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, which steps off at 2 p.m.

The parade continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends in downtown Tampa at Cass Street and Ashley Drive.

South Tampa Neighborhood Parking and Circulation Plans

The City is alerting the public of road closures and towing zones to minimize congestion in neighborhoods that border the parade route. “No Parking” signs have been installed in the neighborhoods west of Bayshore Blvd. and will be in effect beginning Friday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, Jan. 26. Tampa Police Department advises motorists to avoid parking in the “No Parking” areas or vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

STREET CLOSURE SCHEDULE

Monday, Jan. 14 – Thursday, Jan. 31
Close Bayshore Blvd. crossovers at DeSoto Ave., Nance Ave., Albany Ave. and Gunby Ave.

Friday, Jan. 25, @ 10 p.m.
Bayshore Blvd. from Gandy Blvd. to Platt St.
Bay to Bay Blvd. from Bayshore Blvd.to Ysabella Ave.
Davis Islands Bridge Off Ramp onto NB Bayshore Blvd.

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 3 a.m. 
Bayshore Blvd. from Brorein St. to Platt St.
Platt St. / Channelside Dr. from Plant Ave. to Franklin St.
Ashley Dr. from Platt St. / Channelside Dr. to Brorein St.

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 5:30 a.m. 
Selmon Expressway – EB Willow Ave. Off Ramp (Exit 4)
Willow Ave. from Platt St. to Swann Ave. (SB lanes closed only, 1-way NB)

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 7 a.m.
Ashley Dr. from Brorein St. to Jackson St.
Brorein St. from Florida Ave. to Parker St.
Franklin St. from Channelside Dr. to Harbour Island Bridge
Old Water St. from Florida Ave. to Franklin St.
Washington St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.
Whiting St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.
Whiting St. from Florida Ave. to Franklin St.(WB lanes closed, 1-way EB)
Selmon Expressway EB Morgan off ramp (6B)

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 9 a.m.
Ashley Dr. from Brorein St. to Cass St.
Kennedy Blvd. from Hyde Park Ave. to Ashley Dr. (EB)
Jackson St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.
Kennedy Blvd. from Florida Ave. to Plant Ave. (WB)
Madison St. from Ashley Dr. to Florida Ave.
Twiggs St. from Ashley Dr. to Florida Ave. 
Zack St. from Ashley Dr. to Florida Ave.
Polk St. from Ashley Dr. to Florida Ave.
Cass St. (EB) from Willow Ave to Doyle Carlton Dr. / Gasparilla Plaza (Poe Garage Exit)

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 11 a.m.
Cass St. from Willow Ave. to N. Blvd.
North A St. from Willow Ave. to Newport Ave.
North B St. from Willow Ave. to Newport Ave.
Fig St. from Willow Ave. to Gilchrist Ave.
Carmen St. from Willow Ave. to Delaware Ave.
Newport Ave. from Cass St. to North A St.
Gilchrist Ave. from Cass St. to Fig St.
Delaware Ave. from Cass St. to Fig St.

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 1 p.m.
Cass St. from Doyle Carlton Dr.  / Gasparilla Plaza to Tampa St.
Tyler St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.
Ashley Dr. from Tampa Extension to Cass St.

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 3 p.m.
Bay-to-Bay Blvd. from MacDill Ave. to Ysabella Ave. (EB lanes closed only, 1-way WB)
Swann Ave. from MacDill Ave. to Armenia Ave. (EB lanes closed only, 1-way WB)
Platt St. at Howard Ave. (EB)
Platt St. at S. Blvd. (EB)
Willow Ave. from Kennedy Blvd. to Cleveland St.
Willow Ave. from Cleveland St. to Platt St. (SB)
South Blvd. from Kennedy Blvd. to Cleveland St.
South Blvd. from Cleveland St. to Platt St. (SB)
Whiting St. from Tampa St. to Franklin St.

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 5 p.m.
Kennedy Blvd. at Himes Ave.(EB)
Kennedy Blvd. at MacDill Ave. (EB)

Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 6:30 p.m.
Kennedy Blvd. at Howard Ave. (EB)
Kennedy Blvd. at Willow Ave. (EB)
Kennedy Blvd. at N. Blvd. (EB)

City of Tampa Public Parking Options

Downtown Tampa

Tampa Convention Center Garage (Tampa St. & Brorein St.), will open at 7:00 a.m. at a rate of $10 per vehicle entry.

Ft. Brooke Garage (Whiting St., between Franklin St. & Florida Ave.) will open at 7:00 a.m. at a rate of $10 per vehicle entry. 

Poe Garage (Ashley St., south of Cass St.) will open at 7:00 a.m. at a rate of $10 per vehicle entry. Due to the parade route, this garage will close from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Customers will not be able to enter or exit this garage until after 6:00 p.m. For those attending the 8:30 p.m. show at the Straz Center, Poe Garage will reopen at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a $10 flat rate upon entry.

Twiggs St. Garage (Twiggs St., west of Nebraska Ave.) will open at 7:00am at normal hourly rates of $1.20/hr., with a $7 daily maximum.  This will be an automated facility with a paystation collecting payment upon exit.

Royal Regional Lot (Tampa St. & Fortune St.) will open at 7:00 a.m. at a rate of $10 per vehicle.

Parking Meters south of Kennedy Blvd. and on Kennedy Blvd. will be enforced from 8:00 a.m. until midnight.

Ybor City (Park and Ride Streetcar)

Centro Ybor Garage (5th Ave. and 15th St.) will open at 6 a.m. at the standard hourly rate with a $9 maximum.

Palm Ave Garage (13th St. and 9th Ave.) will open at 6 a.m. at the standard hourly rate with a $9 maximum.

HART will be offering extra streetcar, bus, and trolley services. For more information about HART service during this special event, please call (813) 254-4278 or visit www.goHART.org.

Getting to the Straz Center:

Drivers attending the 8:30 p.m. show at the Straz Center are encouraged to take one of the following routes:

From South Tampa

  • Dale Mabry NB to I-275 NB
  • I-275 NB to Exit 44 Ashley Dr.
  • Continue on Ashley Dr. to Tyler St.
  • Right on Tyler St. to available parking

From Brandon 

  • I-4 WB to Downtown Exit 45A
  • Follow Downtown West sign to Doyle Carlton Dr.
  • Left on Doyle Carlton Dr. through Laurel St. to available parking

From St. Pete/Clearwater 

  • I-275 NB to Exit 44 Ashley Dr.
  • Continue on Ashley Dr. to Tyler St. 
  • Right on Tyler St. to available parking

From North Tampa

  • South on Tampa St. to Laurel St.
  • Right on Laurel St. to Doyle Carlton Dr.
  • Left on Doyle Carlton Dr. to available parking.

OR

  • I-1275 SB to Downtown Exit 45A 
  • Follow Downtown West sign to Doyle Carlton Dr.
  • Left on Doyle Carlton Dr. through Laurel St. to available parking

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