Children's Gasparilla Information
Come join AHN in one of Tampa's most enjoyable traditions--the Gasparilla Children's Parade. Seniors and 8th-graders will be riding on the two Academy floats. Our Jaguar mascots will be walking with the rest of our AHN community as we toss beads and candy along the route. Everyone is welcome to join us and be a part of the fun!
The pre-parade picnic on the Bayshore lawn has proven to be a great place to begin your parade experience. The picnic will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will continue until 3:00 p.m. when we will walk to our floats. If you do not want to walk the parade, our playground is a great spot to watch the action as the parade passes in front of the school. There will also be a bounce house and some swashbuckling games.
If you are unable to make the picnic, feel free to meet us in our staging area on the front lawn or you may join us at the float between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. Our float staging area is at the corner of Bay Villa and Bayshore Boulevard. The parade ends at South Orleans Avenue. Families of small children may prefer to watch the parade from the median in front of AHN but be aware that beads are not allowed to be thrown at that location. Some families park a vehicle towards the end of the parade route for use after the parade. Many families enjoy the walk back to AHN and the Dads Club parking. Wagons, friends and costumes are welcome! We have purchased a limited amount of beads and candy to throw, so we do recommend that you bring your own beads or candy to toss along the route.
AHN Gasparilla shirts are $15/each. Please consider wearing this shirt or an AHN T-shirt or sweatshirt if you plan to walk in the parade.
There is a limited supply of extra T-shirts that may be reserved through Amanda Faunce or purchased the day of the parade.
Children's Gasparilla Parking and Pre-Parade Picnic
Advanced parking on the Bayshore campus is SOLD OUT. Day-of parking is first-come, first-served and will utilize the parking garage on the MacDill Avenue campus. Day-of parking is $20 for the children's parade.
Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
Join AHN on the Bayshore playground for a pre-parade picnic catered by Mott and Hester Deli. Tickets are $10 per person and include an assortment of sandwiches, salads, chips, desserts, beverages and more. The picnic starts at 1:00 p.m. and is open to AHN families, alumni and their guests.