"Awesome experience.

You feel like a rock star being on the float, throwing beads to the crowd in one of the biggest parades in the country!"    Mike H.

Gasparilla Float Fees and Benefits                 

We are accepting requests to reserve spots on the UT/Royal Krewe of Sparta float for the 2019 Gasparilla Pirate Parade. There are two options.  One is to ride the float which is capped at 45 participants. The other is to only walk the parade route which is capped at 15 participants.

Walk the Parade:     $350 per person

 Ride the Float:        $400 per person

Your payment is a tax deductible contribution, and includes the following:

1. One ticket to ride the float or to walk next to the float.  Beads are provided and can be thrown or handed out. Walkers are
​    welcome to use the facilities and enjoy food and beverages aboard the float.

2. The float is equipped with a bathroom and kicking stereo system.

3. Friday Night Cocktail Party. Join us for pre-invasion cocktails, light food and camaraderie with fellow alumni from 6 - 10 pm.

4. Saturday Pre-Parade UT Brunch. in front of Plant Hall from 10 am - 12 pm with free parking on campus.

5. Lunch from Alessi's Bakery will be served with kegs, soft drinks and water on board the float.

6. Bus transportation to the float from UT. The parade ends on the north side of the University and we walk back from there.

7. Toga or Spartan costumes are encouraged. Pirate costumes are NOT permitted. Check our Gallery for more info.

8. A $100 transferable but non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot.

Contact Us for more information

About Our Team

The University of Tampa began participating in the Gasparilla parade in the mid-1990's. In order to preserve a long running presence in the parade, Tampa Alpha, the local chapter of the university's national Alumni association, assumed the responsibility from the university in 2001.  

We've had tremendous success since then. The Gaspariilla parade organizer, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, has awarded our float four first place awards for associations. Over the years, hundreds of students, alumni, staff and corporate sponsors have joined us for a day of fun and networking.

In 2014, a group of Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers formed the Royal Krewe of Sparta Corporation to purchase the float from the UT Alumni Association and is committed to keeping the tradition alive while improving the experience for all involved.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Florida Chi
Alumni Association wins the 2016 Special Event or Project Award from the National Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization for Gasparilla weekend

SAE Alumni Magazine Article featuring Mark Turner and others

Our Mission

The Royal Krewe of Sparta's mission is threefold:

1. To raise friends and foster friendships among University of Tampa supporters

2. To raise funds to permanently endow a scholarship for University of Tampa students

3. To provide a fun, safe, entertaining platform for float riders and their guests

Royal Krewe of Sparta directors (from L-R) are Brad Schwartz, Joel ​Cirello, John Kaufman and Paul Dolan

"This is a very fun way to experience Gasparilla. You get to be part of the action and party all day."

Louise W.