Buccaneers Super Bowl boat parade in the works

The city of Tampa says it’s working on hosting a Super Bowl parade for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and while it’s still not clear when it will happen, FOX 13's Kevin O'Donnell reports that the Lombardi Trophy will sail down the Hillsborough River like Lord Stanley's Cup did.

The city put on a boat parade through downtown Tampa for the NHL champion Lightning last year after their Stanley Cup win. Something similar is now in the works for the Bucs.

Details are still being finalized, O'Donnell says, but tentative planning is for a boat parade on Friday or Saturday after the city punted on the thought of a Wednesday parade. 

Earlier Monday, Mayor Jane Castor confirmed that discussions were underway.


Mayor: We’ll have a Super Bowl celebration in ‘Tompa Bay’

With the Bucs already here in town, the celebration began around Tampa even before Tom Brady’s final kneeldown. But there will be a bigger celebration in the coming days, Mayor Jane Castor promised.

"We're looking at what will be the best option to allow the most individuals to participate in the celebration and do it safely," Castor said, echoing her comments from Sunday night. "We can’t have a historical event of this significance and our community and not celebrate, so we'll do it in a safe manner."

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Police Chief Brian Dugan doubled down on that message of safety and added, "I think it’s a positive distraction from this virus that we've been dealing with over a year.


Maskless fans celebrate Super Bowl win despite Tampa's outdoor mask mandate

So much for the mayor's order requiring masks at Super Bowl parties. Throngs of mostly maskless fans took to the streets of downtown Tampa and packed sports bars as the Bucs won the Lombardi Trophy.

Meanwhile, the team will be heading to Washington at some point. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the Bucs -- along with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers -- would be invited to visit with President Joe Biden "when it's COVID-safe."