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Krewes

THE BONNEY-READ KREWE

Members: 60+
Membership Open?: By invitation only
Male or female?: Female; (& male auxiliary “Grogmasters”)
Founded: 1994 as The Hyde Park Womens Club and The Bonney-Read Krewe
By whom?: Camille Matthews and Carol Ferguson
Motto: “Women of spirit and wit.”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, our float is a replica of the sailing Brigantine “The Vanity” , circa 1720.
Costume: Party pirate costumes with colorful capes and plumed hats.  The women wear knee length black pants with white stockings and pirate blouses.
Initiation fee: $50
Dues: $150
Volunteer requirements: Members are involved in volunteer work but there are no requirements.
Elect queen and king?: Anne Bonney, Mary Read and Calico Jack are elected each year.
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Yes, by invitation
Where members live: The City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, other Florida counties and out of state.
Contact: BonneyRead@yahoo.com

CREWE OF BOBBIE C. DAVIS

Members: 100
Membership Open?: Yes – must be involved in Sailing
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 1999
By whom?: A group of Bay Area sailing friends
Motto: “The Sailingest Krewe in Gasparilla”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; float depicts a plank dock sided by sail boats, tiki hut and an underwater scene guided by our giant sea serpent.
Costume: 1930’s take off of the original Havana Cup sailors; Khaki Pants / Khaki, Red or Navy Skirt / White Pirate Shirt / Navy Vest or Bustier with various combinations of our colors of Khaki, Red, White & Navy.
Initiation fee: $200
Dues: $200
Volunteer requirements: Members are asked to donate a minimum of 20 hours per year to various fundraising events and work parties.
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Many sailing regattas and parties throughout the year
Where members live: Tampa Bay area
Contact: Patrick Green, Commodore 813-520-6117

CREWE OF THE HERNANDO DE SOTO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Members: 28
Membership Open?: Open, but must be member of historical society and then elected to krewe
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 1939
By whom?: Local community leaders, including W.D. Sugg and L.W. Blake
Motto: None
Mission: To preserve historical significance of landing of Hernando de Soto and conquistadors in Manatee County
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; float is replica of Spanish caravel called San Cristobal
Costume: Chrome-plated Moorish helmets, corsair swords, red satin shirts with gold cummerbunds
Initiation fee: “Affordable”
Dues: “Affordable”
Volunteer requirements: Minimum 20 hours on society events and functions before eligible for membership; once members, none
Elect queen and king?: Yes, queen and princess; elected Hernando acts as society’s top ambassador
Name debutantes?: Yes, queen’s court
Social events: Florida Heritage Festival at Bradenton, March 27 to April 25; golf and fishing tournaments
Where members live: Mostly in Manatee, some Tampa, Sarasota
Contact: Historical society office, (941) 747-1998

GAUCHO ASSOCIATION OF TAMPA

Members: Aprox. 100
Membership Open?: Open
Male or female?: Male
Founded: 1951
By whom?: Leon Cazin, to beescorts of Latin American Fiesta Association – President Doug Vance
Motto: “His Knife, His Horse, His Woman”
Mission: To have a good time.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; Main unit with the head of a gaucho smoking cigar, second unit depocting a smallhouse with a patio.
Costume: Black velvet and satin pants, white shirts, high boots, red sashes and kerchiefs, boleros
Initiation fee: $250
Dues: $250
Volunteer requirements: None
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Approx 6 parades a year, together with the Gaucho Picnic and Gaucho-Fest (held in the Fall)
Where members live: Tampa, St.Petersburg, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Land O’Lakes, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, Temple Terrace, Zephyrhills, Riverview, Largo, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Lithia, Brandon, Indian Shores, Bellaire, Lakeland, Seffner, Seminole, Holiday, Hudson, Daytona Beach, Trinity, Plant City, Miami Beach.
Contact: GAUCHOS.PARADE.INFO@GMAIL.C0M

KREWE OF AGUSTINA DE ARAGON

Members: 226 Women in Krewe,  71 Men in Auxiliary
Membership Open?: Yes. 25 new members added each year by lottery
Male or female?: Female Krewe with a male auxiliary called the Thorns
Founded: 1997
By whom?: Peggie D. Sherry
Motto: “Work hard, play hard, give back and do all things with a full heart”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes  The Krewe float is a replica of the entrance to the city of Aragon.  The figure on the front of the float represents young Agustina firing the cannon on the advancing forces of Napoleon de Bonaparte.  The side turrets feature the logo of the Krewe of Agustina de Aragon and also the Coat of Arms of Aragon and surrounding cities.
Costume: The costume of the Krewe of Agustina is that of a circa 1800 Spanish peasant consisting of a full skirt, a full sleeved peasant blouse and cinched bodice.  Members wear a circlet of roses in their hair.  The Thorns wear a typical Spanish peasant male costume with a long vest.l
Initiation fee: $400.00 for members, $250.00 for Thorns
Dues: $150.00 for members, $125.00 for Thorns
Volunteer requirements: 8 hour yearly requirement for Krewe members.
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Birthday celebration, bi monthly socials for local charities
Where members live: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco County
Contact: Bridget Robertson  president@kreweofagustina.org

KREWE OF ALEGRIA

Members: 68
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Female
Founded: 1986
By whom?: Dianne Henry and Rocky (Dyann) Valdez
Motto: Always “Kickin’ for Kids”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Colorful and ornate bodice with long white billowy sleeves, black leggings and boots. Each costume is decorated differently, reflecting that individuals personal taste.
Initiation fee: $100
Dues: $300
Volunteer requirements: Each member is expected to participate in one sponsored charitable event per year as well as serving on one of our committees.
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Alegria’s Harley Night, Alegria’s Kickin’ for Kids Celebration and various other events throughout the year.
Where members live: Mostly Hillsborough County and surrounding Bay Area
Comments: The Krewe of Alegria has been incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation entitled Alegria Group, Inc. which focuses on it’s own charitable cause called Alegria’s Kickin’ for Kids. Alegria’s Kickin’ for Kids provides new shoes to children throughout the Bay Area.
Contact: Jeanne Cameron, Secretary at www.kreweofalegria.com

KREWE OF ANN JEFFREY

 

Members: 47
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Female
Founded: 2007
By whom?: Susan Toll, Terri Keirn, Linda Blick
Motto: Seize the Moment
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Elegant Pirate Ladies. Brightly colored jackets with coordinating bustier, black knee high boots, white jabo and white cuffs, cavilier hats are optional
Initiation fee: $50
Dues: $400/year
Volunteer requirements: Members serve on committees
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: information to follow
Where members live: Tampa Bay area
Contact: www.kreweofannjeffrey.org
email: Kreweannjeffrey@aol.com

KREWE OF BRASS MONKEY

Members: 35
Membership Open?: Yes, Cap 125
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2007
By whom?: Several strong dedicated individuals with a willingness to make a difference
Motto: Keeping dreams in reach
Building new friendships
Making a difference
Mission: Making new friends, having fun, giving back to the community by volunteering for various charities, Looking to build membership with strong individuals wanting to not only build the new friendships but help in our community by volunteering.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, since Incorporation
Costume: Colorful vest, dark knickers, skirts, or pants, dark boots, colonial type shirts, hats optional
Initiation fee: $200
Dues: $200 annual
Volunteer requirements: 12 hours a year
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Hosting socials to benefit various charities in the community, attending and supporting other Krewes at social events, having family Krewe events
Where members live: various counties in Florida
Contact: Linda Hanlon, ljhanlon019@aol.com, 813-915-9508

KREWE OF BLACKBEARD'S REVENGE

Members: 80
Membership Open?: closed with waiting list
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2011
By whom?: Two Tampa native good ole boys
Motto:
Mission: To provide charity events and socials to support and network in the Tampa Bay area.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, Also, Knight’s parade, Rough Riders parade, and Children’s parade
Costume: Marauders and gypsies
Initiation fee: none
Dues: $350/annually
Volunteer requirements: Members support Hope Lodge, VA CAfe, Moffit Cancer Institute/Cuzfest, The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and American Heart Institute on a voluntary basis.
Elect queen and king?: no
Name debutantes?: no
Social events:
Where members live: Tampa Bay
Contact: cptnkid@gmail.com
www.kreweofblackbeardsrevenge.com

KREWE OF BUFFALO SOLDIERS, 9TH & 10TH HORSE CAVALRY ASSOCIATION

 

Members: 49
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 1988
By whom?: John Padgett, Israel Tillman, and Charles Vann
Motto: “We Can. We Will.” “Ready and Forward”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, including Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Parade (Tampa), Sant’ Yago Knight Parade, Florida Heritage Festival Parade, Festival of States Parade, Gasparilla Children’s Parade, Military Color Guard, Veterans Programs and Historical Presentations.
Costume: Representation of 1870 uniforms worn by all black US Cavalry units established on July 28, 1866.
Initiation fee: $75
Dues: $250; spouses and members outside local area $100
Volunteer requirements: 25 hours community service, and or mentoring youth in the Junior Buffalo Soldiers program.
Elect queen and king?: Yes
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Black Tie Buffalo Soldiers Coronation Ball, the first Saturday in May, annually. The coronation ball coincides with the arrival of the Buffalo Soldiers in Tampa on May 2, 1898.
Where members live: Tampa Bay area
Contact: Trooper Lonnie Reddick 813-948-1121
Trooper Frank Bell, Jr 813-886-3260

KREWE OF CHASCO

Members: 130
Membership Open?: Open – Approximately 20
Male or female?: Both
Founded: November 1999
By whom?: Roger Michels, Chuck Hollweg, other business and community leaders
Motto: Carry Chasco Beyond Pasco
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, since 2000
Costume: Native American
Initiation fee: $100
Dues: $200
Volunteer requirements: None
Elect queen and king?: Chasco Fiesta elects a King Pithla and Queen Chasco based on community service. The king and queen are honorary members of the Krewe.
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Annual Gala Ball in January, Krewe Kruise in August, Post-parade party (Chasco Fiesta) in March, annual membership meeting and social in September.
Where members live: West Pasco County; North Pinellas
Contact: Roger Michels 727-845-1957

KREWE OF F-TROOP TAMPA

Members: 75
Membership Open?:
Male or female?: Male
Founded: 2004
By whom?: Ron Arkay, Joey Aucoin, Steve Aucoin, Randy Conte.
Motto:
Mission: F-Troop is from the 1967 TV sitcom, which took place at Ft. Courage in the American West after the Civil War. F-Troop loves to party while at the same time raising funds for its charities such as Boys & Girls Clubs and Shriners Hospitals and the Shriners Circus. Every Christmas season, F-Troop hosts the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa at a Christmas BBQ and they are also our guests on our float for the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Wine colored US Calvary Uniform
Initiation fee: $650
Dues: $400
Membership requirements: Invitation with 2 sponsoring members
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: participate in an average of 9 parades per year
Where members live: Tampa Bay area
Contact: info@F-TroopTampa.com
www.F-TroopTampa.com

KREWE OF HILLSBOROUGH

Members: 124 Active and 10 Inactive
Membership Open?: Yes (Membership is capped at 150)
Male or female?: Both
Founded: September 1998
By whom?: Frank Schiavone, Froment Gonzalez, Rick Nardelli, and Chris Nardelli; many members have been involved with other krewes.
Motto: None
Mission: To seek and honor the namesake of our county through charity
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; Our Original Float is a replica Fort Hillsborough in County Down Ireland. Our NEW Float is a replica of an old fashion Wharf on the Water Front, with a light house leading the way.
Costume: Mid-18th century theme, with women in long, bodiced dresses and men in black pants, vest, hat and boots
Initiation fee: $450
Dues: $100
Volunteer requirements: None
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Krewe Socials through out the year.
Where members live: Hillsborough County and beyond
Contact: Michael Via, 813-385-4248
michaelmvia@aol.com
kohtampa@yahoo.com

KREWE OF MAMBI

Members: 110
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 1899
By whom?: Foundation Members in 1899
Motto: Radical then, Radical now!
Mission: To preserve and commemorate the Latin heritage and the history of all the peoples of Tampa Bay
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Traditional Mambi Uniform
Initiation fee: $0
Dues: $275 Single, $425 Family
Volunteer requirements: 10 hours or $100 donation to krewe.
Elect queen and king?: Elect Queen only.
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Every 3rd Friday at The Cuban Club
Where members live: Tampa Bay area
Contact: The Cuban Club / Krewe of MAMBI
Gladys Garcia, Membership Director, 813-248-2954
www.cubanclub.org

KREWE OF MUSTANG SALLIES AND RYDERS

Members: Max 80
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2005
By whom?: A group of socially-conscious business professionals to provide a forum for networking and socializing.
Motto: This is Not Our First Rodeo
Mission: Our members, like the mustang horses of the West, are daring, fun-loving, and unwilling to ride with the herd. The Krewe has approximately 80 members consisting of men and women of all ages from diverse backgrounds and professions. Our Krewe culture promotes individuality and the belief that our success is due to the contributions of each of our members..
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Cowgirl and Cowboy
Initiation fee: $100
Dues: $400
Volunteer requirements: 2 socials or fundraising events per year, plus 2 parades
Elect queen and king?: no, Elected Board of Directors
Name debutantes?: no
Social events: Mad Hatter, plus monthly social events
Where members live: Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas
Contact: www.mustangsalliesandryders.com
PO Box 18962 Tampa, FL 33679

KREWE OF PAIR O'DICE

Members: 125
Membership Open?: By Krewe Invitation Only
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 1995
By whom?: Three Tampa-native sisters and their husbands: Yvonne and Scott Painton; Marlene and Barry Alspach; Nancy and Benny Gomez
Motto: “Life’s a gamble, roll with it.”
Mission: To have the most fun possible with your boots on and to give back to our community by providing for families served by Good Samaritan Mission, Bay Area school children, and animal organizations such as The Animal Coalition of Tampa and Friends of Strays.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; float is double-decker riverboat
Costume: Men dress as 1800’s Riverboat Gamblers; Women dress as saloon girls or gamblers.
Initiation fee: $100
Dues: $350
Volunteer requirements: Active participation in a Committee is required.
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Seven parades a year, Events include charity fund-raisers, year-round Krewe parties and an annual Krewe Ball.
Where members live: Throughout entire Bay Area
Contact: Yvonne Painton, (813) 839-1302
Krewe Website: www.pairodice.org

KREWE OF PANDORA

Members: 95
Membership Open?: Yes- New Members accepted in March and April- our Krewe year begins in May
Male or female?: All female Krewe
Founded: 1999
By whom?: Pamela Wood
Motto: Making hope a reality.
Mission: To provide a setting for women to socialize, network, mentor young women and provide charitable services to the community through fundraising and volunteerism.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Long, colorful, flowing gowns inspired by the dresses of the goddesses of ancient Greek mythology
Initiation fee: $100
Dues: $325.00 per year
Volunteer requirements: Attend 4 monthly meetings or Krewe sponsored events and participate in 4 monthly mini -charities
Elect queen and king?: No, We have a four member Executive Board and six Member at Large Board of Directors positions
Name debutantes?: No, we present our new Goddesses at our Annual Ball of Hope in May
Social events: Annual Margarita Fest benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and our Annual Ball of Hope and Goddess Induction
Where members live: Tampa bay area.
Comments: Beneficiaries of our charitable endeavors include the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, the Children’s Home, the Crisis Center, Elderly Justice Center, Hillsborough Kids, Susan G Komen 3-day Breast Cancer Walk, Migrant Ministries, Athena House & individuals in need.
Contact: www.kreweofpandora.org

KREWE OF PRINCESS ULELE (of the Tocobaga Tribe)

Members: 80 and growing
Membership Open?: Yes, by invitation
Male or female?: Female
Founded: 2007
By whom?: Candy Scherer
Motto: “Women noble in thought, word, deed, and spirit.”
Mission: Our purpose is to participate in parades, have fun, build friendships and better our community.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Native American with personal embellishments
Initiation fee: $50
Dues: $400
Volunteer requirements: 6 hours of Krewe-sponsored community Service.
Elect queen and king?: Elect Honorary Princess
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Annual Themed Party
Where members live: Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee Counties
Contact: kreweofprincessulele@gmail.com

KREWE OF QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGE

Members: 125
Membership Open?: By invitation only, with a waiting list
Male or female?: Female
Founded: 2010
By whom?: Jolie Migliara – President & Costumes, Peni Snyder – Vice President & Costumes, Sue Breit – Executive Secretary, Dawn Sutherland-Jones -Treasurer & Membership, Linda Cone – V.P. Designs & Historian, Joni Cusimano – V.P. Bylaws & Protocol, Carlee Cone Bowdoin – V.P. Legal
Motto: “Better than Rum and Gun Powder”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, Caribbean tropical
Costume: 1700’s French Caribbean
Initiation fee: $200
Dues: $300
Elect queen and king?: No, every Annie wears a crown.
Social events: Annual charity fundraiser in support of Camp Hopetake and Canon Blast
Where members live: Thru out the USA….and proud of it
Philanthropy: We support Camp Hopetake, a summer camp for burn victims ages 5 -17.
Contact: email: KQAR2010@tampabay.rr.com
Facebook: Krewe of Queen Anne’s Revenge

KREWE OF RUMRUNNERS

Members: 50
Membership Open?: Open
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2002
By whom?: Pedro Cabrera, Audrey Biggs, Trace Crisp
Motto: “Supporting the Community Philanthropically” and “No Honor without Blood”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, plus Gasparilla Children’s Parade, Sant’ Yago Knight Parade, Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Day, Chasco Fiesta, Bradenton Heritage, City of Tampa Santa Fest
Costume: Burgundy, Black, and White. The Ladies: 16th century custom Bodice/Corsets with short black skirts or pants and custom black shoes or boots.  The Men: Pirate Long Coats with black pants, pirate boots and Black Hats with large colorful plumes or Skull Caps
Initiation fee: None
Dues: $500.00/Year
Volunteer requirements: None, but we encourage members to attend some of our 10 plus charitable events each year.
Elect queen and king?: No, we elect a new Captain (President) and Board every 2 years.
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: RumRunner Bash – Bradenton Heritage Parade, RumRunner Care, we also attend many other Krewe’s parties and IKC events.
Where members live: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk counties and our Brethren in Orlando.
Contact: membership@kreweofrumrunners.com

KREWE OF SHAMROCK

Members: 140
Membership Open?: Capped at 140 – being Celtic is not required
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 1999
By whom?: People who are committed to the Tampa Community and to charitable work while having fun! Three to five charities are picked to work with each year. Present and past charities include the Shriners Hospitals for Children, A Kid’s Place and Breast cancer
Motto: Fun for All, All for Fun.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Kilts for all
Initiation fee: Yes – application, background review and interview required
Dues: Yes- yearly
Volunteer requirements: Minimum of 10 hours of authorized and/or sponsored charity work with the Krewe each year per member
Elect queen and king?: Yes
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Annual St Patrick’s Dinner, Drunk and Stumble Bowling, Monthly Social @ local establishments.
Where members live: Central Florida – primarily Tampa Bay Area
Comments: Being Celtic is not a requirement for membership. Float designed, built and maintained by Krewe members. Extensive involvement in charity events for children and interaction with other Krewes. One of the most active Krewes in the area.
Contact: Steve Hubbel – Krewe69shamrock@yahoo.com
Cell – 813-785-6074 – http://Kreweofshamrock.com/

KREWE OF SOUTH SHORE MARAUDERS

Members: Currently 75, capped at 125
Membership Open?: Yes, with sponsorship from current member
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2002
By whom?: Randy Hann
Motto: One for all, all for one. Laugh, respect one another, and do good deeds.
Mission: To promote good will and service to the Tampa Bay area. Our krewe is a band of fun loving, civic minded, environmentatlly conscientious individuals whose mission is one of common good to all, loyalty, trustworthy fellowship, and mutual camaraderie. We are a 501(3)(C) that provides scholarships to deserving students at local high schools.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Pirate themed with rich brocades and silks embellished with blue, silver, and black of unique individual designs
Initiation fee: $0
Dues: $200/year, plus bead and insurance assessment.
Volunteer requirements: Two service projects and two parade duties
Elect queen and king?: Yes
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Various
Where members live: Primarily Eastern Hillsborough & South Shore area with members from all over the Tampa Bay area.
Contact: kssmnews@yahoo.com

KREWE OF ST. BRIGIT

Members: 60
Membership Open?: Yes, sponsored by an existing member
Male or female?: Female
Founded: 2003
By whom?: Group of 8 women in Tampa
Motto: None
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, float is an Irish pub
Costume: St. Brigit was a working woman of the 17th century and costumes are of this historical era. While the costumes vary, each member wears the St. Brigit tartan plaid to unify the krewe.
Initiation fee: $200
Dues: $300
Volunteer requirements: Members volunteer with the organizations of their choice. Krewe holds several fundraising events amongst membership and gives monies to local Tampa Bay charities and global charities.
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: 4 quarterly meetings, socials every non-meeting month
Where members live: Tampa Bay area
Contact: Laura Bruce c/o stbrigitkrewe@earthlink.net

KREWE OF THE KNIGHTS OF SANT' YAGO

Members: The membership has increased to its limit of 300.
Membership Open?: No
Male or female?: Members of Sant’ Yago are male and the wives belong to Las Damas.
Founded: 1970
By whom?: In 1970 Dr. Henry J Fernandez called upon Cesar Gonzmart, Joesph R. Lopez, Daniel F Martinez and Joe C Granda to discuss the need for a first class organization to enhance the Latin Heritage.
Motto: Viva Sant’ Yago the Brotherhood of Men.
Mission: The Knights of Sant’ Yago in Tampa have dedicated themselves to the perpetuation and enhancement of the proud Latin heritage, and culture. The Krewe dedicates itself to the continued improvement of life and cultural progress.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Knights, Kings, Barons and Squires
Initiation fee:
Dues:
Volunteer requirements:
Elect queen and king?: Yes
Name debutantes?: Yes
Social events: Coronation Ball, Debutante Ball, Knight Parade, Ethnic party, Election Party, Royal Election Party, King’s Party, Queen’s Party, Baron’s Party
Where members live: Tampa and South Tampa
Contact: Krewe Office: 813-248-3088
Email: info@kreweofsantyago.com
Web: www.kreweofsantyago.com

KREWE OF THE NAUTILUS

Members: 120 (Membership is capped at 150)
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2003
By whom?: Two environmentally friendly Tampa Bay residents who love Key West:   Minesh Patel & Leslie Schillig
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; float is double-decker nautilus submarine modeled after Captain Nemo’s 20,000 leagues under the sea
Costume: as Nautical Submariners:  our men wear post-civil war with nautical adornement – women- corset, train, skirt & boots
Initiation fee: $300
Dues: $300
Volunteer requirements: not required, but encouraged
Elect queen and king?: Not Currently
Name debutantes?: Not Currently
Social events: seven parades a year, Fundraising events include Quest for Hope Scavenger Hunt, annual Krewe Nauti-Ball, monthly happy hours, and many conservation events
Where members live: Hillsborough, Pasco & Pinellas Counties
Contact: Kim Beckwith ckbeckwith@yahoo.com
Krewe website:   www.nautiluskrewe.com

KREWE OF VENUS

Members: 120
Membership Open?: Open
Male or female?: Both, with emphasis on families
Founded: 1965
By whom?: Socialite Lucille Cochran, with assistance of Tampa Women’s Club and New Orleans’ Krewe of Venus
Motto: “Where enduring friendships begin”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; floats for royal court, subjects (members) and debutantes (in carriage)
Costume: Purple gowns for women; white, red, gold and purple pirate costumes for men
Initiation fee: $450
Dues: $650
Volunteer requirements: None
Elect queen and king?: Yes
Name debutantes?: Yes
Social events: Coronation and deb balls, President’s Ball (masquerade ball), three parades, two children’s parades
Where members live: Hillsborough and Pinellas counties
Contact: Venus office, (813) 289-9310

KREWE OF ZINGARO

Members: 100
Membership Open?: Yes, sponsored by an existing member
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 1996
By whom?: Art Fryvolent, Mike Vazmina
Motto: `None
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; float is purple gypsy wagon
Costume: Colorful gypsy costumes; “Zingaro” means “Gypsy” in Italian
Initiation fee: $350
Dues: $300
Volunteer requirements: Quarterly Community Service Activity
Elect queen and king?: A Gypsy Monarch either King and Queen based on significant contributions to the Krewe and Community Service.
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Holiday Crystal Ball and numerous activities throughout the year.
Where members live: South Tampa, Brandon, Nomads from around the country
Contact: Mike Vazmina, 813-839-2933, mike@zingaro.org

LATIN AMERICAN FIESTA ASSOCIATION

 

Members: 75 to 100
Membership Open?: Open
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 1927
By whom?: Tampa businessmen Leon Cazin Sr. and Joel E. Phillips and some cigar manufacturers
Motto: “The spirit of the festival is the heart of the community”
Mission: To promote Tampa and preserve Latin culture
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; float is gaucho hat with lace fans
Costume: Women wear Spanish dresses or gaucho outfits; men wear male Spanish dancer costumes.
Initiation fee: None
Dues: $150
Volunteer requirements: None
Elect queen and king?: Yes, queen, princesses and junior king and queen
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Coronation ball, queen’s dinner, two or three fundraisers a year for float and college scholarship fund for queens
Where members live: Tampa
Contact: Roseann Favata, executive director, (813) 238-9584

LES BELLES FEMMES and LES BEAUX

Members: 43
Membership Open?: Closed for 2009 parade season.
Recruiting starts April 2009.
Male or female?: Female krewe with male auxiliary
Founded: Founded in 2002 in celebration of the first parades in Europe that led to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Gasparila in Tampa.
By whom?: Susan King
Motto: Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love!
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: The krewe takes its theme from Moulin Rouge, the most famous French cabaret in Paris. Their costumes reflect the can-can dancers and glamour of times past. Corsets, boas and top hats for women. Men- Tuxedo or artist blouse and black pants.
Initiation fee: $100
Dues: $300 women, $75 men
Volunteer requirements: We area social krewe but we encourage participation when you can with charity functions.
Elect queen and king?: Queen Only
Name debutantes?: Must be in krewe at least 2 years to be eligible every year.
Social events: Dream A Dress Foundation, Pediatric Cancer Foundation Events, Celebrity Bowling
Where members live: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Orlando Brandon, Houston
Contact: www.lesbelles.org or noraangelstar@yahoo.com

1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry "ROUGH RIDERS"

Members: 500+
Membership Open?: Membership Capped at 500
Male or female?: Club open to all persons
Founded: 1978
By whom?: Then city councilman Charles G. Spicola Jr.
Motto: ”Bully Bully”
Mission: To maintain the memory of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, Floats include a turn of the century train and coal car “Old Number 58”, a replica of troop transport “The Yucatan” commemorative WWII Jeeps (Driven by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in WWII) and converted Trolley in red and yellow.
Costume: Khaki slouch hat, suspenders and trousers, navy blue shirt with navy blue scarf with white polka dots. This a replica Spanish American War Rough Rider uniform.
Initiation fee: $975
Dues: $275
Volunteer requirements: Committee work required which may include club infrastructure or civic activities including Teddy Bear Giveaways, Toys for Tots, Special Olympics, community marches (anti-drug, Brest Cancer, March of Dimes, etc.) and/or patriotic and historic ceremonies.
Elect queen and king?: Past Presidents elect Executive officers, members participate in electing Board members. President is entitled “the Lt. Colonel or Commander”
Name debutantes?: Debutante Ball Periodically
Social events: Military Dress Ball to install new executive committee, regular socials, annual Las Vegas Night, Post Knight Parade party.
Where members live: Through out Central Florida area
Contact: Charlie Spicola (813) 248-2151, fax (813-247-4864)

SIRENS OF THE GOLDEN SABRE

Members: 50 (with a 75-member cap)
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Female
Founded: 2001
By whom?: 19 Sirens seeking out adventure
Motto: Forged in friendship, bonded in good deeds, laced with laughter.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes. We can be recognized on our float that is a ship adorned with beaded treasures that was lured by the surreal songs and wrecked into the rocks as Sirens often do.
Costume: We are dressed in lush velvets, silks and satins with pantaloons and flowing skirts of lace. Embellished by jewels, we sparkle in the community as we sail forth to the next adventure.
Initiation fee: $25
Dues: $150
Volunteer requirements: Attend 50% or more of monthly meetings. Participate in at least 1 committee. Attend Krewe and charity events.
Elect queen and king?: No – Honorary Captain
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Membership Luncheon, Six Parades, Annual Outback Dress Rehearsal Dinner
Where members live: Mostly Hillsborough County, but we pillage and plunder about the Tampa Bay area.
Contact: Sirens of the Golden Sabre, P.O. Box 89505, Tampa, FL 33689
Email: board@sirenskrewe.org

THIEVES OF SAN LORENZO

Members: Limited to 125
Membership Open?: Yes, invitation Only
Male or female?: Female
Founded: 1997
By whom?: Donna Bishop, founding President
Motto: We’ll steal your heart.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, since 2001
Costume: Black knee high boots and Thieves garter, with either; black skirt, white blouse and a red or gold vest OR white dress with a red or gold peplum.
Initiation fee: $575
Dues: $300 per year
Volunteer requirements: Our focal charity is Shriners, however throughout the year we cook dinners for those staying at both the Tampa and St. Pete Ronald McDonald House, raise funds and awareness for The Crisis Center and The Spring, collect cell phones for Soldiers, provide school supplies for Foster Care children, and host Teddy Bear Runs to hospitals and care facilities throughout Pinellas County.
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Annual Heartbreaker’s Ball in June, Soiree in February and various socials/charity events throughout the year
Where members live: Tampa Bay Area
Contact: board@thievesofsanlorenzo.com,
Address: Thieves of San Lorenzo,
4532 W Kennedy Blvd #238, Tampa, Fl 33609
Website: www.thievesofsanlorenzo.com

UNSINKABLE KREWE OF MOLLY BROWN

Members: 50
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2001
By whom?: Nancy Peterson
Motto: “Strong of heart, passionate for life.”
Mission: We embody the indomitable spirit of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, The Titanic’s most famous survivor. Our mission is to attempt to make the world a better place by improving quality of life through arts, education and charitable endeavors. We are committed to meaningful friendships, fun with a cultural flair, and steadfast respect for each other and those around us.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes; Float is a replica of the Titanic ship.
Costume: Edwardian Era, the early 1900s
Initiation fee: None
Dues: $200 Annually – $200 Parade Fee
Volunteer requirements: The Krewe’s Charity of Choice is Post 9/11 Veterans and is active with many other local charitable organizations.
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Socials, cultural and fundraising events
Where members live: Tampa Bay Area
Contact: Nancy Peterson, 813-767-4112
nmp@gallopgroup.com
www.kreweofmollybrown.com

YE KREWE OF SIR HENRY MORGAN, Admiral of the Brethren of the Coast

 

Members: 100 max.
Membership Open?: Yes – must be sponsored by current member.
Male or female?: Coed
Founded: February 2002
By whom?: Gerard Didier
Motto: Live Well, Be Merry & Enjoy the Life of a Pirate!
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: The costumes reflect the look of a Buccaneer or Privateer, consisting of authentic mid-1600 to early 1700 period clothing.  For men, dark vests, a solid color buccaneer or Renaissance style shirt with dark solid color pantaloons or breeches and boots.  For women, a wench blouse or chemise with a bodice, short pirate-look skirt or a traditional long one and boots.
Initiation fee: $400
Dues: $350 Annually
Volunteer requirements: None but members are encouraged to participate in charitable events.
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Monthly happy hours, holiday party & various gatherings  throughout the year.
Where members live: Throughout the Tampa Bay area
Contact: membership@henrymorgankrewe.orgwww.henrymorgankrewe.org

YE LOYAL KREWE OF GRACE O'MALLEY

Members: 250+
Membership Open?: Capped at 250+ (additional openings filled by member nominees through a lottery system and through legacy)
Male or female?: All Female
Founded: 1992
By whom?: 14 women, all active in the Tampa community, who envisioned an all female Krewe dedicated to community service.
Motto: “Fun, friendship and frivolity”
Mission: To promote fun, friendship & frivolity throughout the membership of our Krewe & the Tampa Bay community.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: 15th & 16th Century Court Gowns in the Elizabethan style
Initiation fee: $125 plus float assessments
Dues: $225
Volunteer requirements: Members must volunteer in the community to be considered for admission. Members must continue with community service once admitted to the Krewe.
Elect queen and king?: No. President is called “The O’Malley” & is elected annually.
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Celebration Ball, Treasure Hunt, Yo Ho Ho and Grace’s Gala
Where members live: The majority live in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Other non-resident members reside throughout the U.S.
Contact: Webmistress (naughaheid@verizon.net)

YE LOYAL KREWE OF SAMUEL BELLAMY

Members: 100 Maximum
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2000
By whom?: Sheila Ryan, Founding; Captain, Adrianus de Ruijter, Captain.
Motto: Samuel Bellamy – “The Prince of Pirates”
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, with “The Sultana” named after Samuel Bellamy’s First Ship
Costume: Gold Pirate Shirts with Black Vests with a 23 kt gold thread emblem on the back, black pirate pants. The Ladie’s Court Gown is a shimmering gold underdress with a black empire waist overdress with gold trim and lacing.
Initiation fee: $75
Dues: $390.00 per year. Includes Pre-Gasparilla Brunch, transportation to Gasparilla and parade participation in all othe parades
Volunteer requirements: 8 Krewe Duty Hours per Year.
Elect queen and king?: Yes, “The Prince and Princess of Pirates”
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Gold and Black Ball in October and other informal socials and fundraisers throughout the year.
Where members live: Tampa Bay Area but out-of-state as well and even Australia!
Etc.: Our Goodwill Ambassador is Tampa’s own “Mr. Bones” – Tampa’s infamous Pirate Magician.
Contact: www.samuelbellamy.com
info@samuelbellamy.com

YE ROYAL KREWE OF CHARLOTTE DE BERRY

Members: 85
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Female
Founded: 2000
By whom?: Betty Elsberry
Motto: None
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: female pirates
Initiation fee: $150
Dues: $300
Volunteer requirements: Yes
Elect queen and king?: No
Name debutantes?: No
Social events:
Where members live: Southern Hillsborough County
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Contact: www.charlottedeberry.org

YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA

YE MYSTIC KREWE OF NEPTUNE

Members: Limited to 100
Membership Open?: New Members must be sponsored by current members
Male or female?: Male
Founded: 1979
By whom?: Group of men who wanted to have fun
Motto: “Numquam ludimus” (“We never have any fun” in Latin)
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, the two story float represents King Neptune’s fortress
Costume: 1800’s British navy officer uniforms
Initiation fee: $500
Dues: Less than $1,000 but al lot of events are included in the dues.
Volunteer requirements: Yes, members are expected to help run the
many Krewe sponsored events.
Elect queen and king?: Yes
Name debutantes?: No, but have a court (Relatives of members are 18 or over non relatives must be over the age of 21)
Social events: Coronation Ball (Formal), Change of Officers,
and many other social events.
Where members live: The majority live in Pinellas County
Contact: See website at http://www.YMKN.org

YE MYSTIC KREWE OF THE SANTA MARGARITA

Members: 265
Membership Open?: Yes
Male or female?: Co-ed, Singles, Families & Children
Founded: 2002
By whom?: Jeff DiPolito, Bill Fisher, Rick Amorose and Phil Hester
Motto: He who lives well lives twice
(appears in Latin on our crest)
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes
Costume: Period 17th Century Spanish Galleon, crew, officers, royalty and pirates
Initiation fee: Single – $350, Family – $550, Corporate – $1100
Dues: Single – $350/yr, Family – $550/yr, Corporate – $1100/yr.
Volunteer requirements: No requirement.  All volunteer hours or contributions are strictly voluntary.
Elect queen and king?: No.  Only Executive Board.
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Monthly Socials (2), Formal Ball and other informal parties usually following community service events.
Where members live: Majority in Hillsborough & Pinellas County.
Contact: info@kreweofsantamargarita.com or 727-230-2078

YE NOTORIOUS KREWE OF THE PEG LEG PIRATE

Members: 50
Membership Open?: Yes, by invitation only
Male or female?: Both
Founded: 2004
By whom?: Group of friends who wanted to help amputees
Motto: “Get On The Good Foot”
Mission: To assist amputees, their families and organizations that work with amputees.
In Gasparilla parade?: Yes, Float has 6′ pirate, treasure chest and jail
Costume: Red shirt, black pants/skirt, black vest with logo on back, head covering
Initiation fee: None
Dues: $200.00
Volunteer requirements: Do what you can and have fun while doing it
Elect queen and king?: No, we have Admiral, Captain, Secretary, Purser and Board of Directors.
Name debutantes?: No
Social events: Several community parades; one major fundraiser the last Saturday of February which is a “Sporting Clays Benefit Shoot”
Where members live: throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee counties
Contact: Harry Whitten, Admiral
hw@tconfl.com 813-629-3186