Ahoy me hearties! As invitations to Krewe parties begin to circulate, Tampa gears up for Gasparilla 2018. 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! Gasparilla Season officially kicks off with the Gasparilla Ball Jan. 13th and ends in April.
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The 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Fest & Parade of the Pirates is the third largest parade in the country, annually attended by 300,000 seadogs and wenches with numbers more than tripling to 1,000,000 parade lovers when the Super Bowl is in town. Don't be caught off-guard, the time to shop is now!
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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; South Tampa Trading Company is a one-stop shop for everything from Gasparilla gear to Easter, Independence Day, birthdays and more! Pirates can pre-order beads, have the Trading Post store them until the season, then they deliver! You can even rack up a game of pool while shopping at this unique store.
Pirate Fashions Kennedy Blvd. just outside of Downtown 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 in is the back, they are open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 - 6 pm. Be sure to ask for owner Tiger Lee, he is a local historian and full of piratical stories!
Keys Country is a specialty store located in South Tampa, not quite a country store or a boutique, Keys offers a wide range of unique cowgirl boots and fun clothing, unique accessories and more. Being in South Tampa, home everything Gasparilla, they naturally scour the earth to find unique, cute Gasparilla Gear!
While shopping for your Gasparilla gear at South Tampa Trading, there are plenty of places to grab a bite with girlfriends. Want a great burger? Head a little south to Byblos, and enjoy great food at a cool bar!
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!
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 business, Jennifer’s doors are open Mon-Sat 11 - 6, she is closed Sundays. Oh, and look for the dread pirate mascot/shop dog Chloe at the Why Not, she is a cutie!
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 by 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
This year's 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Festival season starts off with parties like the new Gasparilla Ball on the 13th and Rough Riders: Party Like A Rock Star III - Pre-Gasparilla Party on the 26th. Your opportunities for some piratical fun are many this year! Click our Events in Tampa Page and select South Tampa. Looking for Brunch there's the UT Alumni Gasparilla Brunch 2018 or a fun Bar Crawl, Gasparilla Bar Crawl with Party Bus.
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