The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is the largest parade held in Tampa, FL, which has hosted parties and community events every year since 1904. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival celebrates the legend of José Gaspar, known as Gasparilla, who was a mythical Spanish pirate that frequented Southwest Florida in the early 1800s. Gasparilla Pirate Festival showcases parade floats, bar crawls and heavy drinking, and partying in the streets. Being the third largest parade in the country, this event brings over 1 million “modern day pirates” to the Tampa Bay area.
Banyan Hyde Park, a women’s residential addiction treatment facility, is located just 10 steps from the parade route. While this is a festive parade full of positive energy and love for the city, there are also huge crowds of “tipsy pirates” that could challenge the recovery of sober attendees and locals. That’s why Banyan Hyde Park put together a schedule of sober activities for those in our care, and tips on how to prepare for Gasparilla for anyone in recovery.