November 17, 2009                    CONTACT:  DARRELL STEFANY                                

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          EVENTFEST

                                                                        (813) 251-3378


TAMPA, FL – EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are excited to announce that Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa expanded their Gasparilla Pirate Fest sponsorship to title sponsor for the next three years, 2010 through 2012. 


            Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa, one of last year’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest presenting sponsors and a Gasparilla Stage Sponsor for several previous years, has elevated their support as title sponsor.


            About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Gasparilla Press Party: With their new title sponsorship, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa will name a prominent public figure as Grand Marshal for the 2010 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, an element that has only been done four (4) times in the event’s 106 year history! The Grand Marshal will be revealed on December 9, 2009 at the Press Party to be held in the Plum VIP Lounge of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa located directly above Council Oak Steaks and Seafood from 4-6 p.m.  Drinks and hors d’ oeuvres will be served at this “piratical” affair and members of the press will receive goodie bags to take home. There will be photo opportunities with the Seminole Hard Rock Girls and the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Pirates as well as a chance to interview John Fontana, President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Tampa, and Jim Robbins, Captain of the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Media is invited and encouraged to attend this event and learn all the new and stimulating components of this year’s Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest.  Press will receive free valet parking, please make sure to bring your press credentials and get your parking ticket validated at the check in table outside of the Plum VIP Lounge by Gina Morales, Public Relations Manager, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa.     


“Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are very proud to be the title sponsors for this year’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Gasparilla is the premier event in central Florida each year and a very important celebration for the Tampa Bay community both socially and economically,” said John Fontana, President, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa. “We appreciate this opportunity to give back to the people of Tampa Bay and we hope that our sponsorship will help to make this year’s event the most successful ever!” added Fontana.


“Free Community events only happen with the support of sponsors, and Gasparilla has been blessed for many years by their support, including the multi-generational support from our founding sponsor Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla” said Darrell Stefany, President, EventFest. “While Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa has sponsored Gasparilla for several years, their multi-year commitment to title sponsorship of Tampa’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest will not only help continue this unique Tampa tradition, their involvement will elevate the festival and parade to new heights as they add a touch of their celebrity culture to Gasparilla festivities in the coming years,” added Stefany.  


            About the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2010, in Tampa and will feature the historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.


            About the Gasparilla Invasion Bruch: The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center provides the best view in town of the historic Gasparilla Invasion, as the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail up Seddon Channel aboard the Jose Gasparilla, and dock tableside at 1 p.m. The Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, includes live entertainment, a buffet brunch with cash bar and reserved table seating for one of the most unique and colorful spectacles found anywhere in the world. Gasparilla Invasion Brunch (Adults: $63, Child: $53) and Brunch/Parade COMBO tickets (Adult COMBO $88, Child COMBO $78) are available on-line (www.GasparillaPirateFest.com) or by phone (813) 251-8844.


About the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates: Following another successful invasion by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the focus shifts to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard, where a victory parade begins at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, which has been presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla annually since 1904, winds its way along Hillsboro Bay into downtown Tampa, with over 140 units – featuring approximately ninety (90) floats, marching bands and over fifty (50) participating social organizations (i.e. krewes).


The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will travel a new route into downtown Tampa in 2010. The Parade will cross into downtown over the Brorein Street bridge, turn north on Ashley Drive, and end at Cass Street and Ashley Drive in the new Cultural Arts District in downtown Tampa.


About the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival: Following the Parade, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues Tampa’s “piratical” fun with a variety of live entertainment on stages throughout Downtown Tampa. The newly redesigned and expanded Curtis Hixon Park – located on the east side of the Hillsborough River across from the University of Tampa between Madison and Polk, will re-open in December 2009, and once again will host the main Gasparilla entertainment stage for Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Live entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. and will be scheduled prior to and following the historic Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates. 


Additional entertainment stages will be located at Platt and Bayshore (Invasion Stage) and at the Hyatt Regency Tampa (Whiting and Franklin) in downtown Tampa. Entertainment schedules will be released in mid-December detailing performance times and musical genre for each location.


About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Reserved Gasparilla bleacher seating tickets are $30, per person (tax included).  For additional information or to purchase Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, Gasparilla Parade tickets and/or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, please log onto www.GasparillaPirateFest.com and click on the “Tickets ‘n’ Treasures” link to be directed to the Gasparilla shopping cart.  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 Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and Parade is limited, and has been relocated in many areas for the 2010 event. All reserved tickets are assigned in the order they are received, therefore guests should order their reserved tickets early to best accommodate any seating preference they may request.


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,400 of the most popular slot machines plus Florida’s largest and smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud.  For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating.  Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Tampa’s premier steak house Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. Authentic Native American arts and crafts store Rainmaker now open! The hotel & casino is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa.  For more information, call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.



Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest Sponsors as of the date of this release include:


Title Sponsor – Seminole Hard Hotel & Casino - Tampa


Alley Ÿ Clark Ÿ Greiwe; 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; Horizon Bay Senior Communities; Hyatt Regency Tampa; La Maxima 92.5 FM; Nelson Construction Company; National Brokerage Services, Inc.; Professional Insurance Center; Skanska USA Building, Inc.; Rosemurgy Family; Sunset Salsa; TAMCO; 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.




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