Gasparilla

1st Gasperilla -2017

Prior to moving to Tampa, I never heard of Gasparilla. 6 months after moving in, I was doing part-time driving with Uber. As an Uber driver, I was alerted to a high paying event, known as Gasparilla.

I had no idea what to expect!  My first group of passengers were a group of woman in full pirate gear.  2nd pick-up was a family all dressed up. Each of the passengers gave me background on the parade.  Throughout the day, I spent the day / evening picking up pirates. It was then, I decided I needed to find out more about this whole Gasperilla season.

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2nd Gasparilla -2018

Since I was not prepared for the 2017 Gasperilla, I made it a point to be prepared for 2018.

First, I started to find my wardrobe.  At first, I went to a store in south Tampa, and purchased my whole outfit without looking at different shops.  After researching the internet, I found a better shop and regret not going to it first.

My outfit was already purchased, so I made my husband go to Pirate Fashions, a local store with amazing pirate garb. I was so impressed with the service and selection at Pirate Fashions, I decided that I will upgrade my outfit for next year.

Second, I had to figure out where were going to enjoy the invasion and parade.  I knew I wanted to see the invasion and the parade. After reading blogs and research, I decided to go with the combo package that included seating at the Tampa Convention Center for the invasion and seating for the parade.

PROS

  • Seating at the convention center was covered and not crowded.
  • Clean restrooms
  • Food was provided
  • The parade seating was a short walk from the convention center.

CONS

  • I should have researched the seating options for the parade route. The seats were located towards the end of the route, and many of the krewes were very tired and just throwing out bags of beads.
  • No back support with the bleachers, though spent most of the time standing.
  • Private port-a-potties.

For more information about Pirate Fashions, visit them at https://piratefashions.com/

3rd Gasparilla - 2019

After posting a ton of photos from the 2018 event, I was able to get others excited about coming to Tampa in January to spend the day drinking rum and dressing up as a pirate! Wait, that should not take to much convincing.

My husband and I both upgraded our garb. I found this outfit so comfortable, I have considered making it part of my daily clothes!  After all being a pirate isn't about dressing up for one day, it is a lifestyle!

 

4th GASPARILLA - 2020

I decided I no longer wanted to be a by-stander in the parade, I decided to join a Krewe.

Early in 2019, there was a recruiting event for the local Krewes.  There are so many Krewes to chose from in the Tampa area. Typically each Krewe supports a local non-profit during the year and have activities leading up to the parade seasons.

I narrowed down to 1 Krewe and recently applied.  I will find out in June if I was approved.