Gasparilla Guide 2023: Everything You Need To Know

  I t's that time of year! Gasparilla season. The pirates have taken over.  Me and another pirate, 2017 Another year has come and that means it's time for another season of Gasparilla. Lets get some of the more important questions out of the way real quick: How much does it cost? Nothing. Gasparilla is a free event. They do offer paid upgrades, but the parade itself is free. Where is it? The Children's parade and Day parade are off of Bayshore Ave in South Tampa into the Channel District in Downtown Tampa. The Knight Parade is on 7th Ave in Ybor City. Where do we park? I've found that the easiest place to park is the parking garages in Ybor. They offer parking + a bus into Downtown for a reasonable price (note: This has not been announced for 2023 as of now. This will change as the event draws nearer.).  You can also park on neighborhood streets. You'll get a few individuals who will try to scare you away. Keep in mind that they do not own the road and you are free

Sponsored Post: Florida Extravaganza! Next Weekend

The Florida Extravaganza had hit me up and asked that we help promote this event. I have been to it in the past and it is a really cool event. Full disclosure: I did get free tickets to promote the event. Truth be told, I would've paid to go even if I didn't. Come out and check it out. Come find us on Saturday and say what's up! Details below. 

Florida Collector Extravaganza is Back in Tampa for 2022 with new vendors, new inventory!




Saturday April 9th: 9-4pm

Sunday April 10th: 9am-3pm

KIDS under 12 are still FREE

+ Free Hot Wheels


Saturday: $15 (all day)

Sunday: $10 (all day)

Weekend Pass: $20

Parking: There is a cost for parking at the Fairgrounds 🙁 ($8 per day)

Some of the TOYS We will have:

All toy lines covered from vintage to modern. Hot Wheels, GI-JOE, Godzilla, Star Wars, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Mego, Wrestling Action Figures, Funko Pop figures, Nightmare Before Christmas, Horror & Monster Figures, and tons more!

Plus! we will have Girl marketed toys like My Little Pony, Fisher Price, Barbie, and Strawberry Shortcake these are all here too.

Hot Wheels, Diecast & Slot Cars!

We will have tons of Hot Wheels, Matchbox including vintage redlines, modern cars, slot car tracks (new and vintage), plus a full selection of cars both packaged and loose from Tyco, AFX, Aurora, and others.

Retro Gaming:

You can expect to see vendors with vintage and modern Atari, Nintendo, Sony Playstation, Sega Genesis and more. We have a great mix of vendors bringing retro games.

Comics & Artists:

We have several comic specific vendors that we have added to the show... plus we will have comic artists on-site doing live art and showing off their unique talents.

Tons & Tons of stuff... over 40,000 sq feet of awesome items. 150+ tables