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St. Brigit Parade and Float Safety Rules
Name: 2015 The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: The Parade starts at 2:00 pm. Please be floatside no later than 1:00 pm.
Location: Our position is 91, which is at approximately Bayshore Blvd. and Alline and Coachman. ALL participants must have a wristband which will be handed out at Imbolc and floatside.
Parade Disbanding: The parade ends at Ashley Drive and Cass Street, with disbanding along Cass Street headed towards the west. North Boulevard and Willow Avenue will remain open during the parade. The float cannot stop until we are told to do so by the parade marshalls.
Parking and Bus: There are several parking lots near the end of the parade route. Susan Welsh has again secured a bus for us. Pickup will be at Embassy Suites downtown (513 S Florida Avenue), boarding at 9:00 am, departure around 9:30am. $15.00 per person. Cocktails and fun are guaranteed. You are strongly encouraged to load your beads on the float ahead of time. ROADS START CLOSING IN DOWNTOWN AT 9:00 AM. Prepare accordingly. RSVP to Susan so she has a head count.
Pre-Parade Party: Join us floatside starting at noon. Additional food and drink contributions are always welcomed.
Post-parade party: The Tampa Club is once again having their Gasparilla Pirate Party. This year they are including secbreakfast, parking at their secure garage and a post parade buffet. Cost is $40.00 per person. Drinks are separate. The bar tab will be separate and they can take your purchases on your credit cards.
Wristbands will be required for entry and must be purchased in advance. Rose Bowen will be taking all orders. If you are a member of the Tampa Club please contact them directly and they can charge your wristband to your member account.
Please contact Rose directly to RSVP no later than January 22. Wristbands will be handed out at Imbolc.
Guests: Adults, 21 years and older, are welcome for a guest
fee of $150 per person. Parade guest fees are, unfortunately, not refundable if the parade has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the Krewe of St. Brigit.
All guests must be in approved costume. See the Costume page for ideas.
Beads: Yes, plan on 40-50 dozen. Beads can be stowed on float, but must be out of rollerboard cases, plastic grocery bags or cardboard boxes. Consider fabric bags, bead belts, or baskets.
Beads cannot be thrown in the staging area. Although the float will be rolling to the starting point, beads cannot be thrown/handed out until we reach Bay to Bay Blvd.
Bead Drop Off: Beads can be dropped off at the float all day Friday. Someone, not necessarily from our krewe, should be around till 5:00 pm or so. Make sure your bags are well marked and stored neatly. Storage places include inside the pub, underneath the seating/standing area in the front, underneath the seating area in the back, and upstairs. You can also use any of the empty half barrels to dump your beads.
Alcohol and Glass Containers: In an effort to work more closely with Bayshore residents, there will be zero tolerance for underage alcohol consumption, disruptive behavior and quality of life issues. No open containers are allowed outside of the parade staging area. TPD will make arrests. In the staging area and along the parade route, you cannot have any beer cans, beer bottles or alcoholic beverages displayed. No glass containers are allowed. Opaque plastic cups are a MUST!
Costume: All participants must be in costume. No street clothes will be allowed. Krewe members are responsible for their guests being in appropriate costume. For costume ideas, click here.