TAMPA, Fla. — WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair will serve as Grand Marshal for the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest on Saturday, according to officials with Gasparilla.

What You Need To Know

  • Sergeant Major Matt Parrish is this year’s honorary community hero

The announcement was made on Monday by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, and EventFest.

Saturday's event will feature the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival presented by Bud Light.

“When it comes to this year’s Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest Grand Marshal, all I can say is ‘wooooo’ what an addition to our krewe,” said Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Captain Truett Gardner. “We look forward to having Ric’s larger-than-life personality lead this year’s festivities to an excited crowd along Bayshore Boulevard.”

Gasparilla officials also announced Sergeant Major Matt Parrish, the Senior Enlisted Leader for the USSOCOM Preservation of the Force and Family Program, as this year’s honorary community hero.

Starting at 2 p.m., Flair and Parrish will lead over 95 parade floats, 50 krewes, seven marching bands and the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates down a four-and-a-half-mile parade route along Bayshore Boulevard.

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