Tampa Bay Rays are Grand Marshals in Feb. 13 parade
What: Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and pitcher Jake Odorizzi will participate in the parade of illuminated floats, marching bands and special guests through Ybor City for the annual Krewe of Sant’ Yago Knight Parade presented by MOR on Saturday, Feb. 13. Hundreds of costumed participants will toss beads to the thousands of spectators lining Seventh Avenue.
The Tampa Bay Rays are the 2016 Knight Parade Grand Marshals. Big Brothers Big Sisters are joining the Rays in the parade through Tampa’s historic district, which is reflective of the longstanding relationship between the Tampa Bay Rays and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Over the past 10 years, more than 30 Rays employees have served as a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor to students at Campbell Park Elementary School.
Judge Lynn Toler, host of the longest running television court program, Divorce Court, will participate in this year’s Krewe of Sant’ Yago Knight Parade as a special guest.
When: Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 – 9:15 p.m.
4 p.m.: Pre-parade festivities and meet and greet in Centro Ybor featuring Divorce Court’s Judge Lynn Toler, Tampa Bay Rays mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty and 102.5 The Bone host Drew Garabo.
7 p.m.: Parade begins.
8:30 p.m.: Knight Parade Crash Party sponsored by Rhino Cubes Media at the Cuban Club. (Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door, and $50 VIP)
Where: Historic Ybor City. The parade route moves east down Seventh Avenue from Nuccio Parkway to 22nd Street.
Media Parking: Reserved parking for media – including locations with tower clearance for live shots – is available on a first come, first served basis. Contact Laura Fontanills at (813) 215-1271 for parking information and a map of reserved parking locations.
Cost: Free, but attendees can get a better view by purchasing a ticket for reserved bleacher seating. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at www.KnightParade.com.
Why: Since the early 1970s, The Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago has organized and hosted the Knight Parade, an annual celebration of Tampa civic pride. Each year, the Knight Parade, as well as other fundraising events, helps raise funds for the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago Education Foundation, which has provided more than $2 million in scholarships for local students. Visit www.KnightParade.com and www.KreweOfSantYago.com for more information.
Road Closures: Seventh Avenue will close at 2 p.m. Cross streets will close at 6:30 p.m. Paradegoers are encouraged to come to Ybor City early for the pre-parade events and grab a bite to eat at one of the many Ybor City restaurants.