Tampa Celebrates Gasparilla While Hosting The National Hockey League All-Star Weekend
Up to half a million people are expected to flood into Tampa this weekend, as an invasion of pirates and die-hard hockey fans collide.
With the Gasparilla Festival and NHL All-Star Weekend both taking place at the same time, city leaders and law enforcement are wrapping up preparations for a busy couple of days.
In addition to the large crowd that’s traditionally expected for the annual Gasparilla festivities, the Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL are expecting roughly 7,000 out-of-town hockey fans in Tampa for the All-Star game and weekend festivities.
Named for pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Tampa’s annual Gasparilla celebration begins with the Gasparilla Invasion. Over 750 swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay aboard the majestic pirate ship “Jose Gasparilla,” kicking off a full schedule of pirate-themed events.
Once ashore, the captain and his Mystic Krewe celebrate their takeover of the city with a four-mile long Parade of Pirates, unloading untold Gasparilla treasures for visitors and locals to plunder. The third largest parade in the United States, the Parade of Pirates is attended by 300,000 onlookers, many donning period-themed pirate garb.
The festivities continue into the evening at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival with live music, food and entertainment.
Free Event. (Limited reserved seating available, $45 – 60 a person)
Visit www.gasparillapiratefest.com for more information.
2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game: Sun, Jan 28 | 3:30pm
2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition, Jan 27 | 7:30pm
The 63rd National Hockey League All-Star Game, also known as the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, will be held at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 28, 2018. Tampa last held the NHL All Star Game in 1999.
FREE FAN EVENTS
The 2018 NHL All-Star PreGame
Amalie Arena Silver Parking Lot & Cotanchobee Park, Tampa Bay, FL
Friday, January 26: 5-10pm
Saturday, January 27: Noon-11pm
Sunday, January 28: Noon-3:30pm
- Meet the NHL Mascots™
- Test your hockey skills in the NHL All-Star Skills Zone™
- See the NHL Trophy Showcase; take a photo with the greatest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup
- Meet & greet NHL players past and present; get some autographs!
Friday, January 26th at 8pm | Curtis Hixon Park
Start All-Star weekend off right, with the NHL All-Star Friday Night concert, with live music from Fitz and the Tantrums.
Sunday, January 28th at 1pm | Amelie Arena
Meet & greet the NHL’s brightest stars and coolest celebrities as they walk the Red Carpet before the All-Star Game.
Please note: On Saturday, January 27th, downtown Tampa Bay hosts the Gasparilla Parade, which brings crowds of over 200,000 to downtown, and traffic will be extremely heavy. The NHL advises guests arriving that Saturday to do so prior to 11 A.M. Otherwise road closures may prevent you from accessing your hotel until after the parade’s conclusion. Alternative transportation information
For more information, visit www.nhl.com/fans/all-star.