Tampa Gasparilla 2014 was CRAZY yesterday! For those who don’t know, Gasparilla is a huge celebration that has taken place in Tampa every year for some time now. I believe it’s a celebration of when the pirate Jose Gaspar captured Tampa (don’t quote me on that, I’ll post a link below to the history of Gasparilla). I moved to Tampa in April 2013, so it was my first time attending the event, and I must say I really enjoyed myself. The parade was awesome! It was such a great experience to be surrounded by so many smiles and laughter, even if everyone was a bit intoxicated 🙂 . Not to mention, I caught some great street style while I was there. The majority of people were dressed to go along with the pirate theme, and a few people were dressed in stylish outfits that could be worn any normal day of the week. There were several prominent trends I noticed that were consistent with the theme of the event:

  • Skulls
  • Black and red
  • Fishnet-type tights
  • Scarves/bandanas
  • Black and white stripes
  • Bustiers
  • Converse Chuck Taylor’s
  • Leather boots

There were a few other trends I noticed that apply to the world of fashion in general like high waist bottoms, fringes, red lips, and fox tails. My biggest suggestion for first-time goers would be to wear a solid black, white, or gray top if you plan on catching lots of beads while still looking stylish. I wore all black and had so many beads on that my neck felt like it was going to pop at any moment (check me out on Instagram)! They were nice to have for the occasion, but of course, I tossed them to the side once I got home. If you don’t want your beads to go to waste, I would suggest using them for kids’ Easter baskets or any other gift baskets that can be decorative. You could even find a jewelry mannequin to pile the beads on and then put it in a plexiglass case if you want to be fancy and memorialize your first Gasparilla. Anyways, I think I’ve done enough talking now. I’ll let the photos tell the rest!

Link – Gasparilla History

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