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Guide to Gasparilla 2020: Part Two

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Yo Ho, me hearties! Ready for the Gasparilla parade this weekend? Read part one of our Gasparilla Guide to get the details! In this part, we will tell you everything you need to know about street parking, road closures, and staying safe on Gasparilla. Nearly half a million people are expected for the parade which can obviously create quite the congestion. Knowing ahead of time where you can park and what streets you can use is key to having a stress-free time.

Guide to Gasparilla 2020: Street Closures

The following are street closure times and locations for Friday night and Saturday according to the City of Tampa:

Jan. 24: Closing at 10 PM

Jan. 25: Closing at 3 AM

Jan. 25: Closing at 5:30 AM

Jan. 25: Closing at 7 AM

Jan. 25: Closing at 9 AM

Jan. 25: Closing at 11 AM

Jan. 25: Closing at 1:30 PM

Jan. 25: Closing at 3 PM

Jan. 25: Closing at 4:30 PM

For all street closure maps and visualization aids,click here.

Guide to Gasparilla 2020: Parking

The City of Tampa has set out very specific guidelines in regards to parking. Cars parked in designated “No Parking” zones will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense. Here are maps of all the different neighborhoodssurrounding the parade and street closure information. In terms or parking downtown, here is what the City of Tampa suggests these locations:

Alternative routes to hospitals and other detours around Tampa, check here.

Guide to Gasparilla 2020: Safety

While you have many options for parking, there will still be tons of traffic in the area. You also should not even think about driving unless there is a designated driver in your group committed to not drinking. Tampa has many options in terms of transportation to get to the parade. This includes Uber, Lyft, Taxis,Streetcars, HART Busesandtrolley services. If you are drinking at all, DO NOT DRIVE.The consequences are too high.

The Tampa Police Department would also like to remind all patrons of the parade to report any suspicious activity.If you see something, say something. No tip is too small.

With the increased concentration of cars in one area, make sure to use designated crosswalks and be aware of your surroundings at all times.