Shiver me timbers! It’s that time of year for pirates big and small to don their swashbuckling best and get ready to celebrate Gasparilla!
The parades are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start the search for your family’s Gasparilla outfits and of course, the swag! From beads to costumes, we’re sharing some of our favorite places to shop to help get you decked out and ready to say “Arrgh!” whether you’re strolling down Bayshore for the Children’s Parade or catching beads at the Parade of Pirates.
New to the area and not sure what the big deal is about Gasparilla or WHY it’s celebrated in the first place? We’ve got you covered–check out our interview with Rodney Kite-Powell at the Tampa Bay History Center for a quick Gasparilla history lesson!
Pro Tip: Looking to save a bit? Check in with local consignment shops in South Tampa and Tampa–there are usually several Gasparilla shirts in stock!
South Tampa Trading Co.
1916 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629
South Tampa Trading Co. has quickly grown into Tampa’s go-to place to shop for Gasparilla.
Whether you’re going to the parade or throwing a pirate-themed party, they’ve got you covered. Owner Anne Bartlett and her team have been working endlessly to ensure that this will be your one-stop shop for all things Gasparilla.
“We’re thrilled to be back in the swing of things,” she said, after Gasparilla 2021 had to be cancelled due to COVID. When the pandemic hit, the sewing machines never stopped stitching. They were one of the first local places to begin making face masks and have since sold over 29,000 of them!
Fast forward nearly two years and the team of seamstresses are back at it, doing what they love most…creating the beautiful and colorful costumes for the YMKG pirates and many krewes of Gasparilla.
Even your pint-sized pirate can get their very own custom made, reversible pirate vest. There are several in stock at South Tampa Trading Co, but you’ll want to pick them up soon because this kind of item goes fast during Gasparilla season!
While you’re here, peruse the huge selection of affordable Gasparilla-themed accessories, apparel, children’s items, leather goods, and home decor.
We love the selection of jewelry and accessories in stock right now. A necklace, hat and/or scarf are super simple ways to get Gasparilla ready if you’re not quite ready to step out in a pirate costume. We spotted jeweled eye patches, bedazzled hats and gloves and so many sparkly rings and necklaces.
And, don’t forget the outside of your house! Now that you’ve put away the Christmas wreath it’s time to replace it with a handmade Gasparilla wreath donned with beads and feathers. There are several gorgeous locally-made wreaths ready to be picked up today.
Another cool addition that was brought on board last year are the life-sized bead garlands for the house. They were originally created for the Gasparilla ‘Krewe of Tampa house floats’–we may not have been able to celebrate Gasparilla in 2021, but a group of homeowners in Tampa decided to carry on the tradition anyway by decorating their homes inspired by the parade floats. It was really cool to see how the community came together–check out their Facebook page here.
South Tampa Trading Co is also one of the prime locations in Tampa for beads. Whether you’re looking for simple solid colored or funky themed beads, they have a wide array sure to please any pirate!
This is the official Gasparilla shop for treasures galore, but it’s online only. In addition to beads, apparel, and home furnishings, you can also find unique items like light-up skulls, peg leg wine openers, and Gasparilla commemorative prints.
They also sell tickets to events for both the Children’s Parade and Pirate Fest if you want to upgrade your day which we highly recommend if the budget allows.
4006 W Cayuga Street, Tampa, FL 33614
This Gasparilla superstore has a plethora of items for every pirate and wench! They have everything from accessories to full costumes for you and your krewe.
Their costumes are so authentic, they’ve even been featured in TV, movie, and theatre productions.
3808 East Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Tampa FL 33610
Buccaneer Beads is locally owned by a mother and daughter team.
They have one of the largest variety of beads in the area and can accommodate individuals or entire floats.
Beads By The Dozen
This online shop caters specifically to parades such as Mardi Gras and Gasparilla. You can purchase beads individually, by the dozen, or by the case.
There are several other treasures to be sieged such as pirate-themed rubber ducks, foam swords, and cups to fill with pirate punch.
More boutiques we LOVE to snag Gasparilla outfits and gear:
Why Not Boutique in South Tampa
3423 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa
The owner Jennifer finds the most unique Gasparilla outfits and has a great selection for parade day from skull jean jackets, sweatshirts, jewelry and of course, the scarves which is the easiest accessory to pull off on Gasparilla parade day!
You can also shop her boutique online at whynotboutique.com.
Sweet Southern Chic in South Tampa
4219 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa
From glitzy gowns for the Gasparilla galas, Bucs game day shirts you won’t find anywhere else to a more glamorous outfit for parade day, Sweet Southern Chic is a one stop shop for it all! You can visit their website here too.
Don Me Now
1211 East Kennedy Blvd, Retail 140
This adorable retail boutique and champagne bar hybrid located in the Channel District has an assortment of Gasparilla apparel, accessories, and more! Glittered pants, pirate shirts, light up skull cups, and pirate stud earrings are just a few of the items they have to make your Gasparilla fun and fashionable! Visit in-person or shop online.