TAMPA (WFLA) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to show off the Lombardi Trophy and party with their fans!
A boat parade will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. The city has maintained that it will be a socially-distanced event.
The parade route starts at Armature Works and will end at Sparkman Wharf.
Public viewing areas include the Riverwalk from Armature Works to Harbour Island, the sidewalk along Blake High School and the waterside parks along the route excluding Plant Park. Julian B. Lane Park, where the NFL Experience took place, will still be closed south of Laurel Street.
Masks will be required outdoors in all event zones and entertainment districts including downtown and along the Tampa Riverwalk per Mayor Castor’s executive order.
The following bridges will be temporarily closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic as the parade approaches and will immediately re-open after the Lombardi Trophy passes by:
- Laurel Street Bridge
- Cass Street Bridge
- Kennedy Boulevard Bridge
- Brorein Street Bridge
- Platt Street Bridge
The parade will be live-streamed by News Channel 8, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the City of Tampa.
Boaters can be in the water during the parade, however they cannot participate in the parade. The waters along the parade route are considered a United States Coast Guard Emergency Safety Zone Event. Local, state and federal law enforcement partners will line the route to ensure safety and compliance.
The following parking options are recommended for fans attending the event:
- Poe Garage and Tampa Convention Center Garage – Event flat fee rate of $10
- Fort Brooke Garage and Pam Iorio Garage – $2 per hour
- Palm Garage in Ybor – $1 per hour (visitors can catch the free TECO Streetcar to Downtown)
- Surface lots – $1 per hour
For more parking options, visit the city’s website.
A designated ADA accessible area will be available on the Tampa Riverwalk behind the Tampa Convention Center for viewing of the parade.
The parade will be similar to the one held by the Tampa Bay Lightning in September following their Stanley Cup parade.