Royal Krewe of Sparta

Gasparilla Pirate Parade, January 25, 2020

A 501(3)c non-profit, owned by a group of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity alumni from the University of Tampa. We support and fund the Royal Krewe of Sparta UT Endowment Scholarship and Florida Chi Alumni Association.


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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.

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

Gasparilla Festivities               

Are you an University of Tampa Alumni, employee or student over the age of 21?  We are accepting requests to reserve WAIT LIST spots on the UT/Royal Krewe of Sparta float for the 2020 Gasparilla Pirate Parade.

1. One ticket to ride or walk with the float. Beads are provided that can be thrown or handed out.
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, live music 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.

Contact Ufor more information


Gasparilla Pirate Parade

Pirate Fest in 2019 will feature stages in downtown Tampa.

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Gasparilla Pirate Parade

Beware booming cannons, bold and boisterous buccaneers!

To celebrate their capture of the City of Tampa, the Captain and his Krewe share their wealth – glittering beads, treasures and doubloons – with a lively, enthusiastic crowd all along the 3.8-mile parade route.
“Make way, mateys!” shout Tampa’s original buccaneers as they wind their way down historicBayshore Boulevard and into downtown Tampa – amidst colorful costumes and festive music.

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will boast over 130 units – including more than 90 elaborate floats, 14 marching bands,  over 50 distinct Krewes and, of course, those infamous YMKG pirates!

The parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive.

This event is free to the public. Reserved bleacher seating is available for the Parade of the Pirates. For information and to purchase tickets visit Gasparilla Treasures™.

Note: Providing the event is not sold out of seating, ‘day of event tickets’ will increase $5 per ticket!



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