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Ay Matey, a plea for beads at Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza

Posted at 2:24 PM, Jan 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-22 06:29:51-05

Thousands descended on Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza on Saturday.

With a litany of events planned, the major draw was the Children's Gasparilla Parade, which stepped off at 3:30 p.m. on Bayshore Boulevard and headed down Bay to Bay Boulevard. 

PHOTO GALLERY | See if you made it into the Taste and See Gasparilla Children's Parade photo gallery

The parade proceeded north on Bayshore and ended at Edison Avenue.

Thousands are prepping for the main event, Gasparilla 2018. Get everything you need to know here

Street Closure Schedule:

Close Bayshore Blvd. northbound from Bay-to-Bay Blvd. to Rome Ave. beginning at 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

Beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday:
Close Bayshore Blvd from Gandy Blvd to Platt St/Channelside Dr  
Close Bay to Bay Blvd from Ysabella Ave to Bayshore Blvd
Close Davis Island Bridge Off-Ramp onto Northbound Bayshore Blvd 

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday:
Close One Eastbound Lane and one Westbound Lane on Bay to Bay Blvd from MacDill Ave to Ysabella Ave (to accommodate Pedestrian Walkway)

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday:

Close Eastbound Bay-to-Bay Blvd at MacDill Ave

Shuttle service from the Fort Brook Garage, located on the corner of Franklin and Whiting Street, will operate one continuous shuttle route from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 per adult, children accompanied by an adult ride for free. The shuttle will transport riders to Bayshore Blvd, near the beginning of the parade route at Bay to Bay Blvd and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.