Brandon krewe hosting Gasparilla 'parade' at The Rack
BRANDON - A new nonprofit social krewe made up of people from Riverview and Brandon is hosting its first big event: a stationary parade to kick off Gasparilla. The Krewe of Sea Saveyours will host the Brandon Pirate Krewe Invasion beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at The Rack Sushi Bar and Billiards Lounge, at 1025 W. Brandon Blvd. Floats from at least six of the Tampa region's largest Gasparilla krewes have expressed interest in attending, said Bill Collins, executive founder and president of Krewe of Sea Saveyours. "We're inviting all pirate krewes," he said. "We're calling it a night parade that's not moving."Floats will be set up all around The Rack, along with booths for the big krewe sponsors, Collins said. Krewes can purchase entrance to the event for $150 and receive enough space for a float and a 10-by-10-foot tent, get 25 wrist bands for krewe members, have a listing in the event's advertising and get space to hang banners. Krewes will be able to showcase their sponsors, solicit new members and introduce themselves to the Brandon community, Collins said. Individuals can get in for $5 for "pillaging, plundering and just living the pirate life." Admission includes food and beverage tastings, music, drawings and more. Proceeds will be used for cleanup days on the Alafia and Hillsborough rivers, from ghost traps to downed trees and lost nets, Collins said. "Most of our members are into boating and the outdoors, so that is where we focus our money," he said. In addition to removing navigational hazards, the 80-member krewe is involved with boat ramp cleanups; educating boaters on ramps safety, etiquette and proper procedures; and water safety issues. Gasparilla season kicks off Jan. 19 with the Children's Parade in Tampa followed by the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion on Jan. 26.