The Knight Parade, a tradition since 1974, returns to Historic Ybor City

The Knight Parade is an annual celebration of Tampa civic pride. Hosted by the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago, the Knight Parade has been held in Ybor City each year since 1974. The parade’s rich heritage attracts families, and adults young and old alike to join in the revelry.

A true Tampa Bay tradition, the Knight Parade draws more than 100,000 spectators each year. It’s sometimes referred to as the “Sant´Yago Illuminated Knight Parade” and mistakenly called the “Night Parade” because it’s held at night.

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The Knight Parade has been a tradition since 1974

It is always held on a Saturday evening in February, typically a few weeks after the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion. 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 nearly $3 million in scholarships for local students.

This year’s event will take place on February 12 at 7pm on 7th Avenue in Ybor City. You can learn more about the celebration by visiting the official event page.

Expect to see celebrities, local dignitaries, dozens of marching bands, performers and thousands of costumed participants who will toss scores of beads to the revelers and families lining the street. The Knight Parade, presented by MOR and co-sponsored by the City of Tampa, is a free, family-friendly event. We encourage attendees to arrive early to avoid traffic and grab dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Ybor City. Then claim your spot along the parade route.

See the full parade route on the Knight Parade website.

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