When: January 29, 2022
One of the biggest festivals in the state continues to be Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Yes, you read that right: the day-long festival celebrates pirates and has taken place since 1911. The spectacle starts off with a bang (a.k.a. a blast from a real cannon), and the historic festival now uses a real, fully-operational pirate ship to help “pirates” take over the city Tampa. After pirates invade the city there’s a pirate parade, much like a Mardi Gras parade, when all sorts of goodies are thrown out into the crowd. The single-day festival also includes concerts before and after the parade.