Tampa Bay Buccaneers championship boat parade is happening Wednesday on Hillsborough River

It starts at 1 p.m.

click to enlarge Tampa Bay Buccaneers championship boat parade is happening Wednesday on Hillsborough River
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Start times are different depending on who you trust more (1 p.m. or 2 p.m.), but multiple reports say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ championship boat parade will take place Wednesday, Feb. 10 on the Hillsborough River.

UPDATE: The parade will start at 1 p.m. near Armature Works in Tampa Heights and end near Sparkman Wharf in downtown Tampa. Details on the Bucs' website say, "Public viewing areas include the Riverwalk from Armature Works to Harbour Island, the sidewalk along Blake High School and the waterside parks along the route excluding Plant Park. Julian B. Lane Park, where the NFL Experience took place, will still be closed south of Laurel Street. As a reminder, masks are required outdoors in all event zones and entertainment districts (including downtown and along the Tampa Riverwalk) per executive order 2021-07."

The Tampa Bay Times says a start and end point is yet to be finalized, with details arriving tonight, but if it’s anything like the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup boat parade, then fans can expect to be able to watch the parade float by in real life from places like the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Park, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, and the Tampa Convention.

At one of two Monday press conferences, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor expressed her plans to have a parade, saying “We definitely have to celebrate this momentous occasion.” She tried to ease concerns about spread of the coronavirus by adding, “We didn’t see a spike ... after we won the Stanley Cup.”

Since the Bucs beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 on Sunday, Tampa has come under fire for the super-spreader nature of unmasked celebrations. Castor, for her part, has expressed frustration with some of the unmasked revelers, but added that she’s been happy overall with the community effort.

Castor also said that “the media can always find examples of bad behavior.”

But it wasn’t just the media that saw bad behavior all weekend. Countless photos and videos also showed maskless people crammed together in places like SoHo and Ybor City.

On Monday, a local medical expert who recently joined Castor at a Super Bowl press conference also confirmed that the media is not gaslighting concerned citizens.

“I saw what you saw,” Dr. Jay Wolfson, senior associate dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, wrote in an email to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

Wolfson said the scenes were to be expected and that “not much more could have been done to reduce the “fraternity party” behavior before, during and after the game.” He added that kind of behavior may also be the case for the Super Bowl championship parade.

An executive order calling for facemasks in Tampa’s “Entertainment Zones” will still be in effect during Wednesday’s boat parade, but city officials—who openly said they were more interested in encouraging compliance than they were in enforcing it—told CL that despite the order’s existence they issued zero citations to individuals during the run up to the Super Bowl.

The Times says, “Unlike the Lightning celebration in September, boaters won’t be allowed to take part in the procession.”

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