Ahoy, me hearties! As invitations to Krewe parties begin to circulate, Tampa gears up for Gasparilla 2023. Need to know the BEST places to find and buy your Pirate style this Gasparilla? You have several great choices, whether you want to buy online or plan a day of shopping and lunch with a friend. From eye patches and bandanas to full-blown pirate costumes, we've got the information you need when gearing up for Gasparilla here in Where to Buy Pirate Style.
Ahh, but beware, matey, 'Pirate Fever' is contagious! It is likely you will be invited to parties and events where all are encouraged to appear in their finest pirate plunder! The 2023 Gasparilla Pirate Fest & Parade of the Pirates is the third largest parade in the country, annually attended by 300,000+ seadogs and wenches, so don't be caught off-guard, the time to shop is now!
Gearing Up For Gasparilla
South Tampa Trading Company South Tampa
South Tampa Trading Company is a co-op store specializing in unique items. At the back of the store is a complete Gasparilla Gear shop catering to Krewe pirates and wenches, commoners, and landlubbers too. This shop can set you up with everything from a spectacular hat and boots to a full pirate costume made just for you. They carry a full line of pirate bling, glassware, hats, purses, boots, sandals, T's, and leggings. Everything you need is in this store, from beads to baubles.
It is also a one-stop shop for everything from Gasparilla gear to Easter, Independence Day, birthdays, and more! You can even rack up a game of pool while shopping at this unique store. Check out our video below, showing you all of the options for young ladies around Gasparilla!
Nearby for lunch: Hao Wah Chinese Restaurant, SoHo Sushi, Woody's
Pirate Fashions - North Tampa
Florida's largest selection of pirate plunder is available at Pirate Fashions, where you can order expensive one-of-a-kind apparel or pick up ready-made hats, boots, belts, non-firing pistols, and cutlasses, 'everything you need is in their 4000 sq. ft. space.
The entrance to the store is in the back, and they are open Thursday to Sunday from 11 - 6 pm. Be sure to ask for owner Tiger Lee, he is a local historian and full of piratical stories!
Nearby for lunch: Ducky's Sports Lounge, Edison: Food Drink Lab, Mise En Place, The Outpost Tavern and Tap House, The Hyde Out
Buccaneer Beads Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, East Tampa
Buccaneer Beads has the largest selection, and lowest prices on Gasparilla and Mardi Gras beads with specialty party items in Tampa Bay.
Owned and operated by the mother-daughter team of Lenore and Jennifer since 2006, they carry pirate garb, parade throw, custom beads, costumes & jewelry for paraders and offer unusual Buccaneer novelty items and games!
Nearby for lunch: Yummy House China Bistro, Rise Kitchen & Bakery, Brocato's Sandwich Shop, Columbia Restaurant, Cheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy in Ybor.
Why Not Boutique South Tampa
This sweet boutique assembles casual pirate style for pirate party wenches with bejeweled T’s, jewelry, jeans, leggings, blouses, and scarves. If you like supporting local small businesses, Jennifer’s doors are open Mon-Sat 11 - 6 but closed on Sundays.
Oh, and look for the dread pirate mascot/shop dog Chloe at the Why Not. She is a cutie!
Nearby for lunch: Roux Tampa, Pane Rustica, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Pach's Place
Imagine That!!! Boutique
Imagine That!!! Boutique has an assortment of clothing chosen to capture your youthful style and glamor. Imagine That!!! offers a nice selection of interesting Gasparilla Gear, this is a must-stop shop!
Hungry after a day shopping in this area, head to Jasmine Thai on Westshore. Is sushi your thing, there are several nice sushi bars in South Tampa.
Read: Where to Find the BEST Sushi in Tampa, Brandon, and More! or head over to the Soho District, it's not far! SoHo Tampa Guide | Best Bars, Restaurants & More
Parading Your Pirate Style
Your opportunities for some piratical fun are many this year! Click our Events in Tampa Page and select South Tampa.
Want to know more? Check out the 813Area.com Gasparilla Page. It will update with new events as they are announced, including all the great pre-and-post-parade parties. This will help you know about where to parade your extremely chic Gasparilla Gear! Register on 813 area to be connected to newsletters and more designed to keep you informed of all the fun things to do in TAMPA during Gasparilla and throughout the year!