You've finally had a few days to recover from Gasparilla Invasion on Tampa, so what now? You didn't think #GasparillaSZN was over, did you? It's time to dust off your luminescent Captain's hat and plan for the annual Sant’ Yago Knight Parade!

The illuminated Knight Parade takes place on Saturday, February 9 from 7-9 p.m. in historic Ybor City starting from Nuccio Parkway and traveling down 7th Avenue to 22nd Street. The event once again cruises through Tampa's entertainment district with bright and colorful floats, extravagant costumes, live music, and, in case, you didn't get enough, more beads! Bleacher seating can be purchased for $25 online if you want the best view in the Bay, but tickets move quickly! 

An exciting and festive celebration of civic pride, the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago have put on this event since 1974 celebrating Tampa's rich multi-cultural heritage. Considered one of the largest parades of its kind in the Southeast, the Knight Parade is a tradition unlike any other and makes the Gasparilla season that much more special. Plus, it's free! 

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Presented by MOR-TV, the Knight Parade will feature University of South Florida System President as Grand Marshal leading the line of floats, marching bands, and celebrities. Fans will also get a chance to attend a meet-and-greet session in Centro Ybor. When the sun goes down, the party is sure to turn up!

Now that you know the specifics, let's go over a few Do's and Don't Do's of the 2019 Sant’ Yago Knight Parade.
Arrive early for the event and park at one of the two main parking garages (2010 N. 13th Street, corner of 13th and Palm or 1500 E. 5th Avenue, corner of 5th and 15th).
Attempt to drive your car, motorcycle, or pirate landship on Nuccio Parkway and 7th Avenue through 21 Street at 3 p.m. or 7th Avenue at 21st Street through 34th Street at 6:30 p.m. Those will be the only road closures during the event. 
Get a spot along the parade route by 6 p.m., or spend the afternoon enjoying the Historic Ybor City food and drink at places like Club Prana, Gaspar's Grotto, The Bricks of YborCheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy, and much more! 
Bring your own beer and booze. Alcohol is not permitted and will not be sold on the streets, but coolers are acceptable for non-alcoholic beverages. However, you can support the local businesses by taking advantage of parade specials in all of the restaurants and bars on the route before, during, and after the parade.
Utilize the local trolley system in Ybor and the shuttle service from the Channelside garage. The less driving you have to do, the better!
Drink and drive. Have a plan before, during, and after the parade, and drink responsibly! 
The parade is a "colorful celebration of civic pride that attracts families and adults," and one of the Knights of Sant' Yago's biggest fundraisers of the year. All proceeds benefit the Krewe of Sant' Yago Education Foundation. 
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