Yo ho, yo ho. The annual month-long Gasparilla Festival just happens to fit into the Super Bowl time frame. Saturday, January 24, welcomes the kiddie fest―with a children’s parade and vintage aircraft and parachute team displays. Stick around the week after when the adult fest invades Tampa with the very grown-up pirate ship invasion, pirates parade, and street fest. Maurading buccaneers spread their wealth of treasure, beads, drink, and merriment, to end the party.
Save gas and ride TECO streetcars when you’re in town. It costs only $4 a day or $9.75 for a three-day pass along the 2.5 mile route from downtown to Channelside to Ybor City (www.tecolinestreetcar.org or 813-254-4278).