Snake swallowers, cougar hunters, and partiers dressed in green: Saint Patrick's Day parade photos

The littlest leprechan The littlest leprechaun, Sophia Mazure, and her grandfather, Dave Mazure Sr., came to the parade all the way from New Jersey. It's an annual trek for Mazure Sr., but the first time for Sophia.

Parade Grand Marshall Mayor Bob Buckhorn beads the crowdIt was a busy day for Mayor Bob Buckhorn. After turning the Hillsborough River green, he was the grand marshal for the Saint Patty's Day parade.

Revelers outside Bently bar Revelers party outside Bradley's on 7th bar.

Lots o'green at Centro Ybor as crowd cheers the paradeLots o' green at Centro Ybor as the crowd cheers the parade and grabs for beads.

Support Element Color Guard from Mac Dill AFB The color guard from the Joint Communications Support Element unit from MacDill Air Force Base drew cheers and salutes marching the parade route.

The parade was fun to watch, but what happens afterwards was pretty awesome as well. The streets are opened up for pedestrians, and the odd street party starts.

Much to tha amazement of onlookers this python owner put the snakes head in his mouthMuch to the amazement of onlookers, this python owner put the snake's head in his mouth. I hope he flossed! Poor snake…

If you wear a kilt trying to carry your friend and falling down in the street is gonna suck If you are going to wear a kilt and drink, it's probably best not to try to carry your friends afterwards. This guy crashed in the street but got up and walked away.

Parade goer trips over raod closed sign The sign says "Road Closed," so what's it doing on the sidewalk? A paradegoer didn't quite navigate around it. There was a lot of falling down going on.

IMG_3595 Sonya Andersen and Osceola Lloyd of Safety Harbor dressed the part and enjoyed people-watching after the parade.

Food Vendors lined the streets. There's nothing like a good bratwurst after a lonf St Patricks Day PAradeFood vendors lined the streets. According to these guys, there's nothing like a good bratwurst after a long St. Patrick's Day parade.

At the end of the parade the mounted patrol cleared the strets for car traffic. Officers from both Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sherriffs aOffice participatedAt 11:15 p.m. the mounted patrol cleared the streets for car traffic to return. Officers from both the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office participated.

FSU students on the hunt Students from Florida State University attended the Rough Riders Saint Patrick's Day Parade with one thing in mind.

Over seventy units of floats threw thousands of beadsOver 70 units of floats threw thousands of beads to cheering paradegoers.

The 17th annual Rough Riders Saint Patrick’s Day Parade energized Ybor City on Saturday night in front of a crowd of thousands of revelers dressed in green. The weather was perfect, the beads were flying, and folks from all over came to enjoy the merriment.

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