GASPARILLA PARADE UPDATE!
Costumes are an important part of any Krewe.
These guidelines will be strictly adhered.
Women’s Costumes -
Dress – Choose one of three styles: The Lola, the Carmelina, or the Bianca.
Boots - Black or Red, NO HIGHER than 2-inch heel. Remember you will be walking a LONG way, getting on & off the float and stepping on beads which can be slippery.
Tights or Hose - Micro Hole Fishnet available to order through STTC
Black Boy Shorts or Sliding Shorts are REQUIRED. These are worn as undergarments and should not show under your dress
Head Piece (Optional) - Mantilla (Lace Veil) or Flowers (Red, White, and Black Roses, and/or Marigolds) in Hair. NO HATS WILL BE WORN!
Accessories - Earrings, Bracelets, Necklaces, a Bead Belt and a Pami Pocket Purse are acceptable.
Men’s Costume –
Pants – Dickie’s Brand Houndstooth Chef Pants as altered by STTC
Chef Coat – Dickie’s Brand White Chef Coat as altered by STTC
Accent Pieces – Red Sash, Red Neckerchief, and Red Bandana (Optional).
Socks – White and Red Striped
Shoes – Black Shoes of Short Boots
NO HATS WILL BE WORN!
You are responsible for purchasing your own beads. These can be purchased at South Tampa Trading Co. when you pick up your costume or at Buccaneer Beads (On Martin Luther King near 40th St in Tampa. Let them know you are with a krewe and they extend a discount).
The amount of beads you will need of course, depends on how many you throw but a general rule is a half to one case per person. Remember, kids usually throw a lot of beads!
Last but not least, a little information on how to handle beads. We ask that you "string" your beads onto either a leather belt with holes in it (can be bought at Buccaneer Beads, Target, etc) or a chain type "belt" (can be bought at Lowes or Home Depot). To attach the beads to the belt, we use the metal shower curtain hooks (Wal-Mart or bead store has them) and then "string" the beads onto the shower curtain hooks and hook into the belt. Attach the belt to a fabric-type, plastic-clip dog collar which you can then attach to the side of the float rails without scratching them. The whole bead belt, once strung, can fit into a bead bag (available at the bead store) or duffel bag labeled with your name.
Here is a great video on how to get your beads ready!
FLOAT LOAD/BEAD DROP OFF:
CHILDREN’S PARADE- Thursday, January 19, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
DAY PARADE: Thursday, Jan 26, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
• Wristbands can be picked up at Bead Drop Off
• Shirts for Children's Parade can be picked up at Bead Drop Off
• VooDoo Krewe trading pins can be purchased at Bead Drop Off. The cost is $8 each or 3 pins for $20 so stock up! You will want these to trade with other krewes in staging
REMEMBER NUMBERED WRISTBANDS MUST BE SIGNED FOR AND ARE REQUIRED TO GET INTO STAGING AT BOTH PARADES- YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN WITHOUT A WRISTBAND!
Address & Directions to the Float at Stepp's Float Storage:
5116 Shadowlawn St.
Tampa, Fl 33610
Shadowlawn is one block south of Hillsborough on 56th
You will come to a fork in the road, please stay to the right.
Continue through the gate, and head toward the back of the property.
Drive past the "RV and Semi truck graveyard" to your right where you will see the Float barn straight ahead. (Large white building)
CHILDREN'S PARADE, Jan. 21st
For the Children's Parade, our number in the line-up is #44.
Krewe members will be in the Krewe costume as outlined above.
No face paint will be worn for the Children’s Parade.
Children and guests must wear approved VooDoo Krewe t-shirt with appropriate bottoms and footwear.
Recommended age for children is 5 and up. No strollers or wagons are allowed.
The Children’s Parade begins at 3:30 PM, so please be in staging no later than 1:30 PM. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for you at the float. PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS IS A "DRY" PARADE, NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED, NO EXCEPTIONS!
GASPARILLA DAY PARADE, Jan 28th
The Krewe of Saint Florian will have a bus for the Gasparilla Day Parade which they have invited us to ride. The cost is $10.50 per person. We will leave from the Tampa Firefighters Museum at Zack and Jefferson. We will have a bus at 9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am (FULL),11:00 am and at 11:30 am and it will drop you off in staging.
What ever time you pick is the bus you will ride. Limited seating for each time slot so no jumping bus times. The time you pick will be your bus. The bus will leave promptly so don't be late or you will be left behind.
Parking is available in the lot next to the train tracks across the street. Put several dollars in pay slot so you don't get towed.
Some other Downtown Parking Options:
Twiggs St. parking garage - 901 E Twiggs St. between East St. and Nebraska
William F. Poe garage - 800 N Ashley at Cass and Ashley. Entrance to garage is on Cass west of Ashley
717 Parking lot - located between Tampa St. and Franklin Street and Twiggs St. and Zack St. (Entrances on all 4 streets)
For the BIG ONE, our number in the Gasparilla Line-Up is #9! The Parade begins at 2PM. Please make sure you are in the staging area no later than 12:30PM.
The parade officially begins at Bay to Bay & Bayshore (no beads or giveaways until we pass this intersection) and ends downtown with disbanding past Ashley & Cass. We will be allowed a VERY SHORT time to get everyone off the float downtown or we will be told to move on and you will have to walk back on your own. At the end of parade, collect your belongings and be ready to go! Watch our Security team for instructions.
SOME SAFETY INFO & REMINDERS:
• Don't forget, this is a very long day, please pace yourself. Enjoy your libations but don't forget to drink some water. Dehydration is no fun on parade day (or the day after)!
• Use care getting on and off the float during the parade and in staging also. When the float is moving, please remember to wait until a security team member can help you get on the float.
• No glass containers are allowed
• Please do not give beads to police or emergency personnel
• Please listen to our security team and police officers. They are looking out for your safety. They will tell you when you can get on and when you can get off the float safely.
Please be aware that for all parades this year, there will be increased security and police presence. We all want to have a good time safely. If you see anything suspicious or an injury occurs, please report it immediately to security or a member of the management team.
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