The Tampa Bay Rays have been named the 2016 Knight Parade Grand Marshals for this year's Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi will participate in the parade of illuminated floats, marching bands and special guests through out Ybor City.
As with all parades, costumed participants toss beads to the spectators lining Seventh Avenue, which normally number in the thousands.
Per the press release:
Big Brothers Big Sisters are joining the Rays in the parade through Tampa's historic district, which is reflective of the longstanding relationship between the Tampa Bay Rays and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Over the past 10 years, more than 30 Rays employees have served as a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor to students at Campbell Park Elementary School.
Since the early 1970s, The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago has organized and hosted the Knight Parade, an annual celebration of Tampa civic pride. Each year, 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 more than $2 million in scholarships for local students.
The Rays pre-parade festivities include a meet and greet in Centro Ybor beginning at 4:00 PM, featuring mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty. They will be joined by "special guests" Judge Lynn Toler, host of the longest running television court program, Divorce Court, and 102.5 The Bone host Drew Garabo.
The parade begins at 7:00 PM and the route moves east down Seventh Avenue from Nuccio Parkway to 22nd Street. Bleacher seating is available for $25, but the event is otherwise free.
An after party will begin at 8:30 PM at the Cuban Club. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door, and $50 VIP.