Frequently Asked Questions

Membership:

What is it?

  • You will belong to a prestigious Tampa Bay social club. There are monthly social events to attend. A great opportunity to get to know other Tampa Bay area residents as well as network. And, Parade Season is the best! (link to “Why Join a Krewe?” blog)

How do I become a member?

  • Click here to request more information about membership. 

What are the Krewe membership dues?

  • $200 per year. Membership dues are due in May and are nonrefundable. Various Krewe member signed documents are required.

What do my membership dues go toward?

  • Insurance for General Liability and Directors/Officers

  • Float repairs, maintenance, and storage

  • Web site hosting and maintenance

  • Charity donation

What are the Krewe parade fees? 

  • $225 per year. Parade fees are due in September and are nonrefundable. 

  • Parade fees cover four parades: Children’s Gasparilla Parade; Gasparilla Parade; Sant’ Yago Knight Parade; and the Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Parade.

What are my responsibilities as a Krewe member?

  • Attend monthly social events or as many as you can attend.

  • Attend float workdays. A few weeks prior to the start of parade season in January, we schedule a few workdays to clean, freshen up with paint and repair the float.

  • Attend all four parades or as many as you can attend.

  • Come to all parades dressed in appropriate attire.

    • Our Krewe’s costumes are from the Edwardian Era, the early 1900s. Our costumes are as individual as we are. While some members may choose daytime attire such as walking suits and tea gowns, others prefer eveningwear tuxedos and formal gowns. Hats are our signature accessory, both for the men and women of our Krewe. Visit La France in Ybor City to see their vintage clothing. Look at www.premierclothing.com for shopping online.

  • Beads, it is what the parades are all about!

    • You can purchase your throw beads from Buccaneer Beads, 3808 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33610, phone 813-664-8571.

    • You can order beads online at:

    • How do I belt my beads? Easy! You will learn when you become a Krewe member.

  • Parade Etiquette: this information is provided when you become a Krewe member.

  • Is transportation provided to the parade staging area? 

    • Only for the Gasparilla Parade. The Krewe provides a bus that picks up parade participants in downtown Tampa. After the parade, the bus will drop off parade participants at the same location. All other parades, it is up to each parade participant to arrive at the parade staging area. Krewe members are provided detailed information documents prior to each parade.

 

Children’s Gasparilla Parade:

  • We always welcome children to ride our float and throw beads for the Children’s Gasparilla Parade. 

    • There is no charge for children who attend the Children’s Gasparilla Parade. 

    • We ask that they dress in an Edwardian Era costume complete with a hat, our signature accessory.

    • The Krewe member must ride the float with the children they host, and they are responsible for their children for the entire parade.

    • We recommend children from ages 5 and up (it is a very long day).

In memory of Titanic passengers:

  • For parading Krewe members, they honor a person who lived or perished with the sinking of the Titanic. If you decide to parade, Krewe member names already selected will be provided in order to select a name. A great place to research names is www.encyclopedia-titanica.org

Lifeboat Membership:

What is it?

  • Would you like a “test run” to attend a parade(s) prior to joining?

    • An existing Krewe member can sponsor you as a Lifeboat member. 

  • Lifeboat Memberships are seasonal and expire at the end of the current Parade Season. The Lifeboat Membership costs for participating in the parades are as follows:

    • Children’s Gasparilla Parade - $75

    • Gasparilla Parade - $125

    • Sant’ Yago Knight Parade - $100

    • Rough Riders Patrick’s Parade - $50. 

  • There are no refunds for Lifeboat Membership parade fees should you not be able to attend a parade. Various Lifeboat member signed documents are required.

  • Please contact your Krewe member sponsor for more details.

What are my responsibilities as a Lifeboat member?

  • Come to the selected parade(s) dressed in appropriate attire.

  • Our Krewe’s costumes are from the Edwardian Era, the early 1900s. Our costumes are as individual as we are. While some may choose daytime attire such as walking suits and tea gowns, others prefer eveningwear tuxedos and formal gowns. Hats are our signature accessory, both for the men and women of our Krewe. Visit La France in Ybor City to see their vintage clothing. Look at www.premierclothing.com for shopping online.
  • Beads, it is what the parades are all about!

    • You can purchase your throw beads from Buccaneer Beads, 3808 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33610, phone 813-664-8571.

    • You can order beads online at:

    • How do I belt my beads? Easy! You will learn from your Krewe member sponsor.

  • Parade Etiquette: this information is provided when you sign up as a Lifeboat member.

  • Documentation/Waivers: your Krewe member sponsor will help provide you with these forms or you can also contact Nancy Peterson at nmp@gallopgroup.com.

 

Deadlines:

To either be a Krewe member or Lifeboat member there are deadlines for applications. Contact Nancy Peterson at  nmp@gallopgroup.com to learn about deadlines.

CONTACT

Nancy Peterson

Founder, Vice President

E  /  nmp@gallopgroup.com

​T  /  813-767-4112

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