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The 2014 McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza is Saturday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The alcohol-free McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza focuses on family friendly activities along Bayshore Boulevard.
TAMPA - EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla welcome back McDonald’s as title sponsor of the 2014 Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza. This is McDonald’s fifth consecutive year sponsoring the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the alcohol-free kick-off event to Tampa’s historic Gasparilla celebration.

The 2014 McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza is Saturday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The alcohol-free McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza focuses on family friendly activities along Bayshore Boulevard and will feature the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, the Gasparilla Air Invasion, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade, and the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza presented by McDonald’s.

“The Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza has grown to be recognized as one of the nation’s premier family events, and now includes one of the largest children’s parades in the country” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest, Inc. “Tampa has enjoyed this free event for generations, but recent growth of this community tradition is only made possible by the support of our friends at McDonald’s along with our other sponsors.”

The Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll Tampa begins at Bay to Bay and ends at Rome Avenue, this half mile route is limited to Tampa’s “pint-sized” pirates, children 5 and under, (and their families) and provides families the opportunity to dress up and decorate their wagons and strollers, and stroll down Bayshore as they enjoy the afternoon, celebrating the return of the Gasparilla season.

The 2014 Stroll will once again have more than 1,000 participants, as Tampa’s next generation of pirates make their way up Bayshore Boulevard to the delight of thousands.

“The Para-Commandos”, the United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team, will be featured at 3 p.m. as part of the event’s Gasparilla Air Invasion as they land on Bayshore Boulevard near show center just prior to the start of the Children’s Gasparilla Parade.

Following the success of last year’s broadcasts, FOX13 Tampa Bay returns as exclusive television sponsor and will broadcast the Children’s Gasparilla Parade live on Jan. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. The entire parade will also be streamed live on beginning at 4 p.m. FOX 13 will also broadcast the “Piratechnic” Extravaganza at 7 p.m. live from show center near Howard and Bayshore in South Tampa.

The Children’s Gasparilla Parade –part of Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration since 1947, moved to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard in 2002, allowing Tampa Bay’s children to “parade” on the same route as the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates the following Saturday, Jan. 25. Children ages 6 and up will dance, march and parade down Bayshore Boulevard, celebrating the return of Tampa’s Gasparilla season.

Last year’s Children’s Gasparilla Parade featured over 100 units, including 75 floats, four marching bands and 50 krewes.

The event concludes with the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza presented by McDonald’s, with Tampa Bay’s largest pyrotechnic display of the year launched over western Hillsborough Bay, re-creating the imaginary battle between the city of Tampa and the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Following another successful “attack” that the invading pirates have won since 1904, the city of Tampa is “defenseless” and the stage is set for a smooth and festive Gasparilla Invasion by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Reserved Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza bleacher seating tickets are $28 and First Mate seating is $40, tax included. For additional information or to purchase McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please visit

Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling EventFest’s Gasparilla Ticket Reservation Line at 813-251- 8844. A ticket representative will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Reserved Seating for the McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza is limited for the 2014 event. All reserved ticket orders are filled in the order they are received, therefore guests should order their reserved tickets early to best accommodate any seating preference they may request.
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