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Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago

The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, June 2008
1. The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Marker
Inscription. In 1175, Pope Alexander III, authorized "La Orden Real Sant' Yago" to protect the Pilgrims' Way to the shrine of Santiago (St. James), at Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. Among the Spanish conquerors of America, Ponce De Leon, Panfile De Narvaez and Hernando De Soto were members.

In 1972, Ybor City civic leaders, Dr. Henry Fernandez, Cesar Gonzmart, Joe Granda, Joe Lopex, and Daniel Martinex obtained the first charter of the Order in America. The Krewe is dedicated to the preservation of Latin traditions in Tampa. The Columbia Restaurant is Krewe headquarters. Many of its functions are held here. (Marker Number TP 91.)
Location. 27° 57.611′ N, 82° 26.108′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on East 7th Avenue west of North 22nd Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Historic Ybor City , in Tampa. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rough Riders Rode By Here (here, next to this marker); Columbia Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coming of the Italians (within shouting distance of this marker); La Joven Francesa Bakery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mayor Nick C. Nuccio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anthony P. "Tony" Pizzo (approx. ¼ mile away); Ybor Centennial Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Fire Station No. 4 (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Marker, at far right Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Marker, at far right

Regarding The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago. The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago are well known for hosting the annual Sant“Yago Illuminated Knight Parade (or "night parade"), which has since 1972 been one of the series of events held during Tampa's yearly Gasparilla Festival. The Knight Parade is held on a Saturday night sometime in February, and winds its way from the Channel District to Ybor City and up 7th Avenue. (Not to be confused with the Gasparilla Invasion and Pirate Fest parade, which occur during the daytime, usually two weeks earlier.)

The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago is one of over 60 krewe organizations which participate in Gasparilla.
Also see . . .  Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago website. Information on the annual Sant' Yago Knight Parade (Submitted on July 14, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
Additional keywords. Illuminated Knight Parade, Gasparilla
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsHispanic Americans

Credits. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,613 times since then. Last updated on July 14, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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