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Title Sponsor - McDonald's

Amalie Oil Company
Busch Gardens
Chevrolet
City of Tampa
Clear Channel Radio Stations including:
WBTP-FM 95.7 The Beat
WFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZ
WMTX-FM MIX 100.7
620 WDAE The Sports Animal
970 WFLA News Radio
FOX 13
Hillsborough County
MyFoxTampaBay.com
Radio Disney Tampa Bay
The Tampa Tribune
TBO.com
Verizon Wireless
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

 


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
(813) 251-3378

McDONALD’S RETURNS AS TITLE SPONSOR OF TAMPA’S
CHILDREN’S GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA

TAMPA, FL (December 16, 2013) – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are proud to 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.

 "McDonald's of Tampa Bay is very pleased to continue our partnership with the Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza as the title sponsor this year," said Blake Casper, McDonald's of Tampa Bay Co-op president. "We enjoy being a part of such a wonderful tradition that brings so much joy to the community."

“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.”

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 January 18, 2014 from 4 – 6 p.m. The entire parade will also be streamed live on www.MyFoxTampBay.com 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 2014 McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 11a.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 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 over 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.

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 held on the following Saturday, January 25, 2014. 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 (4) marching bands, and 50 krewes. For the second time in its history, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade will be broadcast live January 18, 2014 from 4 – 6 p.m. on FOX13! The parade will still be streamed live on www.MyFoxTampBay.com.

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 on the following Saturday (January 25, 2014). The musical soundtrack which accompanies the “Piratechnic” Extravaganza is played over concert-quality speakers on Bayshore Boulevard from Bay to Bay to Rome for all to enjoy. Special McDonald’s memories will be seen and heard during the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza broadcast live on FOX 13 at 7 p.m. on January 18, 2014.

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 www.GasparillaTreasures.com. 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.

Sponsors as of the date of this release include:

Title Sponsor – McDonald’s

Amalie Oil Company; Busch Gardens, Clear Channel Radio Stations including: WBTP-FM 95.7 The Beat, WFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZ, WFUS-FM US 103.5, WMTX-FM MIX 100.7, 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 970 WFLA NewsRadio; City of Tampa, FOX 13, Hillsborough County, MyFoxTampaBay.com, Radio Disney Tampa Bay, The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com, Verizon Wireless and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Tampa’s Gasparilla events, including the McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
(813) 251-3378

2014 Children’s Gasparilla Parade, Gasparilla Invasion Brunch &
Gasparilla Parade of the Pirate Tickets On Sale July 1st

TAMPA, FL (June 27, 2013) – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla announce reserved tickets for the 2014 Children’s Gasparilla Parade, Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates go on sale Monday, July 1, 2013.

The 2014 Children’s Gasparilla Parade, scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2014, is a signature component of the Gasparilla Extravaganza, an alcohol-free, family event which annually launches the Gasparilla festival season in Tampa. This parade takes place along beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and gives pint-sized pirates the opportunity to stroll, march and ride up part of the same route as the historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates. The following tickets are available for the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza:

Reserved bleacher seating tickets are $28 per person, tax included.

“First Mate” Reserved Chair Parade Seating is our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating, located on the water side of Bayshore Boulevard, between Ardson and Carolina. This single row, chair seating provides guaranteed front-row fun at Tampa's historic Children’s Gasparilla Parade in 2014! There are ten chairs in a row. The price for the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on January 18th is $40.00 per ticket, tax included.

Scully’s Family Hospitality Experience is on a first come, first serve basis. This ticketed and reserved area is located at show center near Howard Avenue on Bayshore Blvd. and will include a reserved bleacher seat and feature a private, reserved area with pre-parade family entertainment, a buffet lunch prior to the Children’s Gasparilla Parade…with additional snacks/treats served after the parade…while the excitement builds for the spectacular Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza scheduled to launch at 7 p.m. Tickets are $99 per adult and $79 per child, tax included.

The following tickets are available for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest:

The 2014 Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014, has been a Gasparilla tradition since the late 1980’s. Brunch ticket holders can join in the excitement of awaiting the Pirate’s invasion of the City of Tampa. Enjoy a bountiful feast and live entertainment at the Tampa Convention Center as the Krewe’s fully rigged pirate ship – the Jose Gasparilla – sails up Seddon Channel, accompanied by a flotilla of boats. The ship will dock “tableside” at the Tampa Convention Center at approximately 1 p.m. Reserved Tickets for the 2014 Gasparilla Invasion Brunch are $75 per adult and $65 per child, tax included.

The 2014 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, will begin at 2 p.m. on January 25, 2014 and is a key component of Tampa’s premier community celebration - Gasparilla Pirate Fest. The parade boasts approximately 130 units including colorful floats, bands, and of course, Jose Gaspar’s appropriately costumed swashbuckling pirates. The parade will continue its start at Bay to Bay and Bayshore and march up the northbound lanes (eastside) of Bayshore Boulevard and cross into downtown Tampa over the Brorein Street Bridge. The parade will turn left (northbound) at Ashley Drive, and conclude at Ashley Drive and Cass Street, with the pirates bringing their “piratical” revelry into the heart of the newly defined cultural arts district in Downtown Tampa. Tickets to the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates are as follows:

Reserved bleacher seating tickets for the 2014 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates are $38 per person, tax included.

A COMBO Ticket will be offered again in 2014 for Gasparilla Pirate Fest guests that wish to purchase tickets for both the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and the Parade of the Pirates. COMBO tickets are $109 per adult and $99 per child, tax included.

“First Mate” Reserved Chair Parade Seating is our Extremely Limited First Mate reserved chair seating, located on the water side of Bayshore Boulevard, between Ardson and Carolina. This single row, chair seating provides guaranteed front-row fun at Tampa's historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates in 2014! There are ten chairs in a row. The price for the Parade of the Pirates is on January 25th is $48.00 per ticket, tax included.

Scully’s Family Hospitality Experience is on a first come, first serve basis. This ticketed and reserved hospitality area will be just north of Howard Avenue on Bayshore Blvd. and will include a reserved bleacher seat in an exclusive, reserved area and a buffet style lunch prior to the Parade of the Pirates. NOTE: A Charity Beer Garden is adjacent to Scully’s Parade of the Pirates Hospitality Experience, for those guests (over the age of 21 with a valid state/photo i.d.) interested in enjoying the festivities (responsibly) with an ice-cold Budweiser! Tickets are $109.00 per adult and $89.00 per child, tax included.

All Gasparilla tickets include tax, plus a $5 handling charge per ticket, not to exceed a maximum of $30 handling per order.

For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log on to www.GasparillaTreasures.com. 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.

Sponsors under agreement as of the date of this release include:

Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza
Clear Channel Radio Stations including: WBTP-FM 95.7 The Beat, WFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZ, WFUS-FM US 103.5, WMTX-FM MIX 100.7, 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 970 WFLA FOX Newsradio; City of Tampa, FOX 13, MyFoxTampaBay.com, The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Adams & Reese, LLC; Alley • Clark • Greiwe; Amalie Oil Company; Anheuser Busch, Inc; Carey O’Malley Whitaker & Mueller, P.A.; Catering By the Family; CENTRO Tampa; The City of Tampa; Clear Channel Radio of Tampa Bay including: WBTP-FM 95.7 The Beat, WFLZ-FM 93.3 FLZ, WFUS-FM US 103.5, WMTX-FM MIX 100.7, 620 WDAE The Sports Animal, 970 WFLA FOX Newsradio; Diageo - Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; Hadlow Family; Harrod Family; Hillsborough County; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; Professional Insurance Center; Sunset Salsa; Tampa Bay & Co.; The Tampa Tribune; TBO.com; Telemundo Tampa; Turner Family; WFLA – TV News Channel 8 and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Tampa’s Gasparilla events, including the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla’s Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

1200 W. Cass Street, Suite 110
Tampa, FL 33606
www.EvenFest.com

 

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