City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste and Partners Clean Tampa Streets Following 2020 Gasparilla Festivities in Record Time

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Tampa's Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management, in partnership with the Departments of Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Empowerment, committed 111 staff members to return the beautiful, iconic Bayshore Boulevard and the surrounding area, to immaculate condition following the 2020 Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and Parade. 


The bulk of the effort begins well before sunrise Saturday morning, with actual placement of receptacles along the parade route occurring the Thursday prior.  Bayshore Boulevard and the adjacent right-of-way cleanup up began immediately following the parade’s last unit, at approximately 5:45p.m.  Downtown clean up began at approximately 6:45 PM and was reopened by 8:00 PM, in record time.  The teams successfully reopened Bayshore Boulevard to vehicular traffic shortly after midnight. 


On Sunday morning, the City’s Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management team joined volunteers from Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) to put the finishing touches on Tampa’s crown jewel and nearby neighborhoods to prevent additional debris from entering our waterways.   Protecting Tampa’s waterways was a focus this year as Tampa launched its Bead Free Bay initiative.   Clean up efforts, for the first time this year, extended into the SOHO entertainment district.  Planning meetings and efforts earned recognition from many residents in the surrounding community and the SOHO Business Alliance who described the City’s efforts as, “by far one of, if not the best and most successful events possible.”


“Gasparilla, the country’s 3rd largest parade, generated nearly fifty-four (54) tons of garbage.  This parade really displays the synergy among City departments and dedication of City staff to keep Tampa clean, safe and beautiful.  This is our job and we take great pride in it.  The team is cleaning today for a greener tomorrow,” said Department Director, Mark Wilfalk.


The Solid Waste Department will be back in action to restore Tampa’s Historic district, Ybor City following Saturday’s Krewe of Sant’ Yago Knight Parade.


For additional information on Gasparilla clean-up efforts, please contact City of Tampa’s Department

of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management at (813) 348-1146, or visit our website at