TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - St. Patrick’s Day celebrations got underway Saturday night in Ybor City with hundreds of people coming together for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
“It’s fantastic," Eileen Davis said. "We love it. We look forward to it every year.”
Dozens of parade floats were decked out in green for the Rough Rider’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“Every parade is better and better," Jennifer Amato said. "Andour group gets bigger and bigger every year amongst friends and customers, and it’s a great feeling just being out here to contribute to the community.”
The parade kicked off at 8:00 p.m. and the route ran several blocks down 7th Avenue from Nuccio Parkway to 20th Street. It's tradition Jennifer Amato and her mom—both co-owners of the store Buccaneer Beads—are taking part in for the twelfth year in a row.
“Knowing that we can come out here and have a good time," Amato said, "with all of these krewes and go throughout the year and contribute our time volunteering for charities makes it all worth the hard work and the fun.”
Rough Riders is a Tampa-based non-profit that has been carrying on the tradition for 24 straight years. They say it is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country.
“It’s just such a cool thing," Donna Martel said. "And it’s just so much fun to get to see all the people get involved with the community.”