Florida Sports Hall of Fame Baseball Player Luis Gonzalez Serves as Grand Marshal,
MOR-TV Personality Steve Wilkos Joins as Special Guest
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2022) – The iconic Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago Knight Parade, presented by MOR-TV and co-sponsored by the City of Tampa, will return to historic Ybor City on Saturday, Feb. 11. Serving as the 2023 parade Grand Marshal will be Florida Sports Hall of Fame baseball player and Tampa native Luis “Gonzo” Gonzalez. In addition, MOR-TV personality Steve Wilkos will be joining as a special guest for the parade. Founded in 1972, the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago is currently celebrating its 50-year anniversary, marking the milestone at its Coronation on Jan. 7. For parade registration, bleacher seating, and information on the Coronation and other related events, visit KreweSantYago.org.
“We’re honored to have Luis Gonzalez, one of Tampa’s all-time greatest athletes, join us as Grand Marshal for the Knight Parade,” said Joseph J. Parrino, Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago member and 2023 parade chairman. “Luis has done a lot for the community and his recent induction into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame was a proud moment for Tampa.”
As Grand Marshal, Gonzalez will lead off the 2023 Knight Parade, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. A fleet of illuminated floats will roll down Seventh Avenue in historic Ybor City, accompanied by dozens of marching bands, local dignitaries, and thousands of participants as they throw colorful beads to an expected 100,000 spectators. Proceeds from the Knight Parade benefit the Krewe’s Education Foundation, which has provided more than $4 million in higher education scholarships since it was established in 1994. Each year, the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago Education Foundation awards scholarships to deserving students at local colleges and universities, including the University of South Florida.
Luis Gonzalez grew up in Tampa, attending local primary schools and playing baseball at West Tampa Little League from age 6 to 15. After graduating from Jefferson High School, Gonzalez played college baseball at the University of South Alabama, coming home to Tampa between seasons to be with his family and community. As a professional, Gonzalez played 19 seasons for six MLB teams. His best years were with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he was one of the most popular players in the organization’s history. His game-winning hit in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera clinched the Diamondbacks’ first and only World Series championship to date. Gonzalez was a five-time All-Star and won a Silver Slugger Award in 2001. In addition to good power (354 career home runs), Gonzalez was known as an exceptional gap hitter. His 596 career doubles currently rank 19th on the all-time MLB list. After retiring from baseball in 2008, Gonzalez joined the Diamondbacks’ front office in 2009 as a special assistant to the president. The following year, the team retired his uniform number #20, making him the first player so honored by the Diamondbacks. Now a member of West Tampa Memorial American Legion Post 248, Gonzalez works diligently to give back in Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa.
Joining the parade as this year’s special MOR-TV guest will be talk show host Steve Wilkos. Now in his 16th season of NBCUniversal’s popular “The Steve Wilkos Show,” the tough-talking host, previously the head of security for “The Jerry Springer Show,” is known for his no-nonsense style, informed by his law enforcement background from his 12-year career with the Chicago Police Department. “The Steve Wilkos Show” can be seen weekdays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on MOR-TV.
Sponsors also include Stepp’s Towing Services, the official tow company of the Knight Parade. For more information on the 2023 Knight Parade, visit KreweSantYago.org.
Since 1974, 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 $4 million in scholarships for local students. Visit KreweSantYago.org for more information.
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