Knight Parade rolls through Ybor City in Tampa on Feb. 9

February 7, 2013 

For most, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest's day parade that took place a couple weeks ago offers more than enough beads and booze-fueled mayhem to last the entire year.

But for serious party people, there's the Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade that will roll through Ybor City on Saturday.

It will run along 7th Avenue, from Nuccio Parkway East to 22nd St., and last approximately two hours. Then, the real revelry begins in the numerous bars that dot the entertainment district.

A Tampa tradition hosted by the Knights of Sant' Yago since 1974, the notorious nighttime parade features an array of illuminated floats, costumed participants, marching bands, music, and, yes, lots of beads. Last year, there were more than 7,500 participants and about 110,000 people turned out for the event, according to the Knights.

The 2013 grand marshal is Agustin Iglesias Caunedo, mayor of Oviedo, Spain, which is one of Tampa's sister cities.

Details: 7 p.m. Feb 9, 7th Ave., Ybor City. Admission: Free spectator viewing will be available along the parade route and bleacher seat tickets are $24. Information: 813-248-3088 or www.knightparade.com.

--Wade Tatangelo

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