A Night of Knights: photos from the 2011 Knights of Sant Yago Knight Parade


Before the parade the streets for clean and everybody was ready for a great night.


Lots of people have their own techniques for getting beads.  Even pooches get involved!


Some had elaborate signs, targets, even offered booze for good beads.


This parade goer wasn't really sure what to think, but cute kids always get beads.


Some people ask politely …


But most people just scream!


Boobs and beads have become part of the annual event. It's probably a practice borrowed from Mardi Gras.


Some people flash for fun -- others for real (censored!).


There's royalty. Here the court of the Krewe of Sant Yago watches the parade.


It's hard to tell if some of the royals like what they're doing.


And some people seem to be having a blast.


Camera phones were everywhere recording the action.


Anyone who wanted them got lots of beads.


"Give me the treasure!"


Over the years the night parade has become more multicultural.


It's just one big party!


I loved the shot because of the guy standing next to "bead man." Check out that expression!


The after party has it's interesting aspects as well.  There's lots of drinking, screaming, and people having fun.


A night parade fashionista poses for pictures.


There are some unspoken dark parts of the night parade that are also annual traditions.


A brief scuffle broke out outside of a club. TPD was on it.  It's just part of what happens when people drink too much and get too close.


He is not going to be happy in the morning! He lifted his head, gave me the thumbs up, and passed out again. Security help him on his way.


Life is gonna suck when she wakes up. Her friends scooped her up (after she puked) and got her to where she was going.


And here's the aftermath.

It was a fun night, a crazy time, with lots of people and a lot of cleanup for the city of Tampa.

One of the largest celebrations of the year for Ybor City — part of the annual Gasparilla celebration —  rolled down Seventh Avenue Saturday night.  The parade route for  2011 Knights of Sant Yago Knight Parade was shortened significantly this year, encompassing only seventh avenue. But the crowds were loud, the beads were flying, and the parade goers were the best attraction. Some were dressed like pirates, some were dressed to kill, and some were  ... well ... not all dressed. Here are some of the faces and the fun;

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