Thank you for volunteering for KOB Safety / Security for the 2023 Gasparilla Day Parade.
If you are unable to volunteer for any reason, please let us know by contacting John H 813-495-6415 or Matt T @ 727-459-7824.
Volunteering for KOB Security is a chance to meet krewe members, the parade environment, our charities, and to get to know our organization and the krewe world. Volunteering is also a stepping stone toward membership. KOB volunteer opportunities allow potential members to receive points. The more points you receive, the greater your potential of qualifying to apply for the upcoming krewe year in June, (plus other requirements like an active member sponsoring you).
Below is the detailed information you will need for volunteering and to navigate one of the biggest parades in the US. We look forward to seeing you there!
1/26 - 6PM-8PM *Recommended Wristband pickup and briefing at Stepps Float Yard (5116 Shadowlawn Ave. Tampa, FL 33610)
*Entry to staging can be difficult without a wrist band. Bands are also available at the float in staging. Other arrangements can be made by contacting Matt @ (727) 459-7824
1/28 - 12PM Safety and security required meeting at Float, #65, in staging area.
1/28 - 1:45PM Volunteers in position for parade start.
Parking Info: Below are the recommendations for parking. Public and street parking is available for a nominal fee at pay stations or through the parkmobile app. 717 Parking and other private lots are also available. Travel to staging is available through various krewe buses, members, and uber among others. Please reach out to a krewe member or your safety team John H and Matt T for additional recommendations or for information on the pre-party at Cityside.
3703 Henderson Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609
Park in downtown Tampa: Poe and Fort Brooke are the largest. Check the Gasparilla website for more details.
Float Storage Location
5116 Shadowlawn Ave. Tampa, FL 33610
Staging Location on Bayshore Blvd
Parade Plan and Rules
Please take a couple of minutes to review the parade plan and rules. There are some important updates this year.
- Safety Volunteers must wear Vest and Name tag at all times in staging and during the parade.
Do not allow krewe members give you directions. Report only to Safety/ Security Officers, Parade Advisers, President, and President Elect. Any conflicts that occur do not get involved and report to Safety/Security Officers immediately.