Springer sprung! Photos from the 2012 Knight Parade

Something crazy is going to happenSomething crazy is going to happen.

The weather was perfect for the event. Crowds arrived early and secured spots along the fenced-off parade route. In theory, alcohol could only be consumed inside the licensed drinking establishments. Riiight!
Wet in the dry zone The street party had lax enforcement of the open container lawsWet in the dry zone. Enforcement of the open container laws was kind of lax, and these guys were having some fun!
Bead seekers party outside Demmis MarketIt was beer beads and a good time for a lot of paradegoers.

Parade hairSpecial hair for a special day!

Little bead loverParade-lovers big and small attended. This little one found that a perch on someone's shoulders got her more beads.

Party like a zombieParty like a zombie: Knights, pirates, gauchos, and well... zombies made for a crazy night.

Crowd outside of Coyote UglyThousands of people lined 7th Avenue.

King High School Marching bandMarching bands entertained. Here King High School struts.

Krewe of  Cavaliers Float Dozens of illuminated floats were there. The Krewe of Cavaliers shows its stuff for an enthusiastic crowd.

Jerry Springer surrounded by fansJerry Springer rode on the MOR-TV.com float.

Afterwards the street party continued and the clubs were jammed.

Getting a look at uglyCrowds getting a look into Coyote Ugly after the parade.

After the paradeIt was a long night for some.

Hundreds of pounds of beads and waste are left behindTons of trash and beads were left behind.

2012 was a good parade with no official count on arrests yet. The crowd was loud but seemingly well-behaved. Now... what do I do with all these beads?

Chaos from the bead grabbing frenzyThe bead-grabbing frenzy at Saturday's Knight Parade.

OK, let's see. February night in Ybor City, check. Middle-aged men and women dressed in odd outfits, check. Screaming adults and children and it's hard to tell who acts more the fool, check. Add some dignitaries and Jerry Springer — yes, THE Jerry Springer — check. And yup, it's the Pinchasers Knight parade presented by the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago.
Bob Buckhorn and Jerry Springer greet the mediaMayor Bob Buckhorn and Jerry Springer greet the media.

Saturday night at 7:00 7th Avenue in Ybor city was lined with thousands of onlookers anticipating a night of beads, booze, and occasional boob-flashing. Most of them got what they came for. The annual festival of floats came blasting down the heart of the Latin Quarter bringing with it marching bands, illuminated floats, dancers and a whole host of wildly dressed pirate-type people. The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago has hosted the parade every year since 1974, and report that it is the largest of its kind in the Southeast.

Here's the formula for knight parade fun.
Take a fun loving parade goerTake a fun-loving paradegoer…

Add a woman with blow pops in her cleavageAdd a buxom krewe member with blow pops in her cleavage…


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