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James E. Rooster Parade/Fat Tuesday Bar Crawl
February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Ybor Merchants Association invites you to celebrate Fat Tuesday as part of the Annual James E. Rooster Parade! Sponsored by Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum
A New Orleans-style jazz Memorial Procession (known as the Rooster Funeral) encourages participants to stop at participating Ybor establishments for Mardi Gras themed food & drink specials.
A colorful procession of “mourners” will follow behind the casket of James E. Rooster.
The event begins with a funeral wake to honor James E. Rooster at The Dirty Shame and will be followed by the Chicken Parade along 7th Avenue with stops at Tequillas, The Big Easy, and Bad Monkey!
This is a local tradition carried on by the fowl’s former owner, to Tommy Stephens, following the bird’s untimely demise in the jaws of a dog in 1997.
This event is free and open to the public. Must be 21+. Come dressed to impress! Costumes with a Mardi Gras or chicken theme are highly encouraged as well as an abundance of beads, flowers, and cowbells.
Timeline of Events:
Event starts at 5:30 p.m.
Gather for a few words for the dearly (but not so) recently departed James E. Rooster, by Tommy Stephens at The Dirty Shame.
The band, pall bearers, marching band and guests will assemble in The Dirty Shame courtyard to begin the Chicken Parade march down Ybor City’s historic 7th Avenue.
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Lagniappe-style Wake is hosted at the following participating bars and restaurants:
The Dirty Shame
Big Easy Bar
Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum
S3 Media Creative Solutions
Ybor Chickens Society.