Cock of the walk: James E. Rooster celebrated in Ybor

The grave of James E Rooster

Here lie James E. Rooster and his cousin Chicken Nuggets. They were both killed in Ybor City.


Photographers take pictures of graves site for James E Rooster

Photographers take pictures of gravesite for James E. Rooster


David Audet Leaves The Dirty Shame Pub on parade procession

David Audet, organizer of this year's event, leaves The Dirty Shame Pub on parade procession to James E. Roosters gravesite. Note the red shoes, a fashion staple in the parade.


Judy Dvorak 1 st celebrant

The crowd of about 45 people walked to the parade route. Judy Dvorak, a first-time celebrant, shows off her chicken yellow style.


Ybor Fowl

What? You didn't know that there were chickens in Ybor? They rarely show up in the popular spots on Seventh Avenue, but south of the railroad tracks they dart from under homes and behind bushes.


Mother hen and her chicks in the street

Some Ybor City residents believe that the birds are illegal. Here a mother hen and her chicks walk in front of a car on 18th St.


Parade participantsF

or some the parade was a family affair. these guys had fun with their yellow feather boas and chicken hats!

Black Lab Felony dressed the part
Even Felony, a black lab, dressed for the occasion.


Organizer Audet hopes to keep the celebration going. He used to live in Ybor City and appreciates quirky hometown events. As far as getting rid of the chickens is concerned, he prefers the tradition and heritage that events like this can bring to this historical part of town and would like to see it continue.

Stuffed James E. Rooster

James was a great rooster. No. Scratch that. I never knew him. Um … James did a lot of good for our community. Nope. He was a rooster! Wow! What exactly do you say at a rooster's funeral?

It didn't really matter to the 60 or so people who attended the James E. Rooster wake, Chicken Parade, and Rooster Promenade in Ybor City on Sunday afternoon. The celebrations return after a five-year hiatus is a quirky event originated by the fowl's owner Tommy Stevens following the birds untimely demise in the jaws of a dog in 1997. David Audet organized the celebration this year with Steven's blessing.
Francis Brown in Mardi Gras garb

The Mardi Gras style parade marched down seventh Avenue in Ybor city. Here, Francis Brown dons a feathered mask to celebrate.

The walking parade began around 6 p.m. at Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que on 18th St. It proceeded to Gaspar's Grotto, The Dirty Shame Pub, and ended up at the decorated gravesite of Steven's feathery friend, James.

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