2023 Participants

SectionLine Up NumberIndividual / GroupDetail Information
Section "A"Leading off at 9:30 AMHillsborough County Sheriff's Dept.Chad Chronister, Hillsborough County Sheriff and his Deputies
Section "A"With the Sheriff's OfficeMission BBQBam Bam Deuce 1/2
Section "A"1Mac Dill Honor Guard
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Section "A"3Philip Woodwell, Honoree United States Air Force

Accompanied by the Patriot Riders
Philip is a 93-year-old originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, who at the age of 18 joined the United States Air Force, serving from 1949 to 1953. He acquired the rank of Staff Sargent. This Korean War Era Veteran followed the footsteps of his two brothers and sister, who had joined the military during WWII.

Philip became very proficient in Early Radar Advances during the cold war while serving in Alaska. He saw the phasing out of the B-29 and the introduction of its replacement, the B-37 and experienced flying over the North Pole in a B-29. Philip worked on the State-of-the-Arts Communication Advances in the early 50’s.

Upon leaving military life, his technical knowledge was put to good use. As the race for space was in full swing, he had a front row seat in the battle over technology between the USA and the Soviet Union. His 20-year-tenure with Boeing Aircraft allowed him the opportunity to contribute to many programs, including the “Star Wars Program” and the development of the first working infrared device, which created the first television remote control.

Philip Woodwell finally retired in the early 1990’s to Tampa Bay Florida where he and his family have lived for over 30 years.

Section "A"3aMembers of the 101st Airborne (Retired) Alpha Company 1/501/101st Airborne (1969/1970 Vietnam). From Randolph, New Jersey
Section "A"3bCol. James Hanson, USAF (Retired)Vietnam Veteran saluting his Military Brothers & Sisters.
Section "A"4Webb Middle School Marching BandThe Marching Spiders are lead by their music Director, Thomas McNair.
Section "A"5 Susan Valdes, State RepDistrict 64
Section "A"6Jay Collins, State Senator
Section "A"7Harry Cohen, Hillsborough County CommissionerDistrict 1
Section "A"8Joshua Wostal, Hillsborough County CommissionerDistrict 7 at Large
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Donna Cameron Cepeda, Hillsborough County Commissioner
District 5 at Large
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Cindy Stuart, Hillsborough County Clerk of CourtCindy Stuart, Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller, supporting our Veterans.
Section "A"11Bob Henriquez Hillsborough County AppraiserCounty Appraiser
Section "A"11aNancy Millan, Hillsborough County Tax CollectorHillsborough County Tax Collector, Nancy Millan, participating with members of her staff.
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Hillsborough County School District Board MembersOur float represents Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough County School Board! Home to more than 220,000 students, and 24,000 employees, the Hillsborough County school district is the 7th largest in the country. On the float today are School Board Members Nadia Combs, Henry "Shake" Washington, Lynn Gray, Karen Perez and Patti Rendon.
Section "A"13 Jefferson High School
Air Force JROTC Cadets
Lead by their Instructor Major Spencer, USAF KC-135 Pilot.
Section "A"14American Legion Post 5
Section "A"15 FLOATAmerican Legion Post 152
Section "B"1Berkeley Preparatory School Marching BandMarching Pipe Band lead by Patrick Fisher
Section "B"2Sorority of Active Duty and Veteran servicewomen.We are a Sorority of Active Duty and Veteran Servicewomen.
Section "B"3Honored Bound, Inc.Honored Bound's purpose is to search the military's database, locate accident reports of non-war lost military planes, create a database of the missing planes and all aboard, work with a team to find missing planes, and retrieve content and return missing servicemen and/or women to their families. They are NOT considered POW, MIA, or KIA per the United States Military records.
Section "B"4 FLOATKrewe of ChascoOur float is an Americana theme float emphasizing the Old West. When you see our float coming down the parade route you see our signature bison, Bufford.
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Krewe of Agustina de AragonThe Krewe of Agustina is themed after a Spanish heroine, Agustina de Aragon of Zaragoza, Spain. She became a national heroine when Napoleon's Army besieged the town and 1808. As the French began to attack, the civilians fled leaving Agustina to grab the linstock from the dying gunner and fired the cannon at point blank range into the advancing army. The shot was was devastating and turned the tide of the battle.
Section "B"6Tampa Bay LightningOur entry will be our branded F-150 nicknamed "Rolling Thunder" as well as our Blue crew who will be passing out Tampa Bay Lightning related swag.
Section "B"7U.S. Naval Sea Cadet CorpsMarching in Honor of our American Veterans.
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TECOTECO takes pride in saluting our Military Veterans.
Section "B"9Girl Scouts of AmericaPartnering with surrounding Girl Scout service units to participate in the parade as one unit.
Section "B"10Jackson Springs Senior StarsJackson Springs Senior Stars are based out of Jackson Springs recreation center on Jackson Springs Rd right here in Town & Country. These active alert and agile seniors participate in many activities at the rec center at no cost. If you think you can keep up with them. Come join them they would love to have you.
Section "B"11Boy Scout Troop 315Boy Scout of America
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Krewe of Sir Henry MorganEstablished in 2000 Pirates and Wenches Paying homage to the legendary Pirate, Captain Sir Henry Morgan, Admiral of the Brethren Coast, our mutineers have banded together to take up the life of true pirates, while always giving back to our Tampa Bay community. Our Motto: Live Well. Be Merry, Give Back & Enjoy the Life of a Pirate!
Section "B"13Morgan Woods Elementary SchoolProviding Excellence in Education
Section "B"14Martinez Middle SchoolWe are the Dance Team from Martinez Middle School. We will be marching/dancing to a patriotic instrumental medley in Honor of our Military Veterans.
Section "B"15Layla Collins, CandidateLayla Collins is a candidate for the Hillsborough County School Board.
Section "C"ShrinersFull Compliment of the best of the Shriners Parade Units.
Section "D"1Middleton High School Marching TigersHigh School Marching Band playing some drumbeats, dancing, and performing some fun songs for the parade. Lead by their Music Director Abraham Tejeda.
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Vietnam HelicopterOH-6A military helicopter representing the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Tampa chapter
Section "D"3Leto High School JNROTCNJROTC high school Cadets and their Instructors, Navy Lieutenant Commander Larry L. Jordan and USMC Master Sargent Noemi Rodriguez.
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Buffalo SoldiersGroup promotes the History of the Buffalo Soldiers.
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F-Troop TampaFounded in 2004, F-Troop is an organization dedicated to having fun while giving back to our community. We support the Boys and Girls Clubs and Shriners Hospitals.
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Thieves of San LorenzoThe Krewe’s name, signature red heart bead and motto ‘WE’LL STEAL YOUR HEART” came from a heartwarming story that took place centuries ago on the Caribbean Isle of San Lorenzo. The legend tells how these women and their beautiful settlement were victimized by pirates while their men were away at war. These strong willed, independent ladies acted and stole back what was theirs, thus stealing the hearts of their community. Today’s Thieves represent 110hardworking women. Staying true to their heritage, they have fun and focus on giving back to the community they love through volunteerism and charitable work. Their 4 local charities are: Shriners, Ronald McDonald House and the Veteran’s Hospitals along with The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
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Sunshine DancersWe are a 501c3 organization for the Arts and also conduct fundraisers to support Veterans. America's Sunshine Dancers, Inc. d/b/a Sunshine City Dancers is a group of adult women ages 30's to 60's. We have a variety of backgrounds including NFL and College alumni dancers, dance studio owners, choreographers and others who enjoy the camaraderie of staying healthy while entertaining and helping others
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Hillsborough County Anti Drug AllianceHCADA Youth Clubs, YMAD (Youth Making a Difference) participates annually in this event to honor our Veterans.
Section "D"8aBob Gipson,
1968 Camero
Retired Army Ranger, showcasing his 1968 Chevy Camero in honor of our Military Veterans.
Section "D"9Moose ClubTampa Elks 708
Section "D"10Veterans Counseling VeteransVeterans caring for Veterans, as they provide counseling
Section "D"10aAlonso High School JROTCMarching in Salute of our Military Veterans. Lead by their Army Instructor Marcus Fontaine.
Section "D"11Mary Lou Cuellar, Cadidate for Judge Mary Lou is running for Circuit Court Judge.
Section "D"12Rocky Rochford, Captain, USN (Ret)
Congressional Candidate
A retired US Navy Captain serving our country for 33.5 years. Rocky is running for Congress (Florida Congressional District 14).
Section "D"13Hillsborough County Republican Executive CommitteWith gratitude, we honor our Military Veterans.
Section "D"14Bonnie Lambert, School Board CandidateCandidate for Hillsborough County School Board, District 3. With 34 years in Education. She hopes to make a difference on the School Board.
Section "D"15Linette "Star" Brookins, Candidate for JudgeLinette “Starr” Brookins for County Court Judge, Group 11
Section "E"1Florida Polytechnic UniversitySmall band with drumline from Florida Poly University Saluting our American Military Veterans.
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Marine FamiliesThe Krewe of Semper Fi was founded in 2018. Semper Fidelis, usually shorted to Semper Fi, is the motto of the United States Marine Corps and is Latin for “always faithful.” Faithful to God, Country, Family, and the Corps. The Krewe of Semper Fi float is a Marine Corp Tank. Krewe of Semper Fi men are dressed as mechanics in full coveralls. The women are dressed as Rosie the Riveter who was a cultural icon and the star of a campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for defense industries. Walking with the Krewe of Semper Fi are active duty military from the Marine Corps and the Navy. Each parade, the Krewe of Semper Fi will invite military guests to walk together to promote comradery between all military branches and the Tampa Bay community. The Krewe of Semper Fi is an outreach program of Marine Families, a Florida based organization that “Honors, Supports, Educates and Inspires” military, veterans and their families. The Marine Families Organization provides community outreach, while promoting awareness and education on the daily sacrifices being made by our military. Although founded by marine parents, Marine Families is inclusive of all branches, veterans and patriotic supporters. With programs such as the Yellow Ribbon project, Wreaths Across America, and now the Krewe of Semper Fi, the Marine Families organization believes a military journey is not meant to walk alone. Founders: Kymberly Smith, Cyd Deathe (Pronounced Deeth), Kristin Maximo and Nick Pedrick
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Vincent Bey, Army Veteran - JeepVincent Brey, a 26-year Army Veteran and his family.
Section "E"3Hillsborough High School JROTCJROTC’s mission, “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens”, is the guide post for the program’s success. Ana Munoz, Instructor.
Section "E"3aTown & Country BaseballTown 'N Country Baseball is a youth recreational and competitive baseball organization for children ages 3-14 years old. To all Military Veterans, thank you!
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JPM ChaseWith gratitude, we Salute our Military.
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Rod Sap - Military Duce 1/2Rod Sap - in a Duce 1/2 in Honor of his father, an Air Force Vietnam War F-4 Phantom Pilot and brother, an Air Force Afghanistan War pilot.
Section "E"5Black Sheep Veterans AssociationMarching in Honor of our fellow Veterans.
Section "E"5aErnie Rancel, US Marine
1957 Cadillac.
USMC Veteran with his family in support of his fellow Veterans.
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Krewe of Retro RenegadesThe Krewe of Retro Renegades is a radically retro, fabulously funky, and fun-loving group that was created by a group of friends and family for the purpose of honoring the musical history of the 1960s, 70’s & 80’s, as well as the culture-makers who helped shape the world by fostering true volunteerism by our members, encouraging friendship among community members of diverse backgrounds, and of course participating in the various parades in and around the Tampa Bay area.
Section "E"7Slingshots of Tampa BaySlingshots of Tampa Bay is honored to participate once again. our Military Veterans.
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Lindsay Blaylock GroupThank you Veterans!
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Just Pull It DentalA big thank you to our Military Veterans!!!
Section "E"10Sellstate Integrity RealtyWe salute of Military Veterans
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CorsosforheroesCorsos For Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cane Corso dogs to first responders and veterans with TBI and or PTSD.
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Titan America, LLCReady Mix Truck to honor our Military Veterans.
Section "E"13Warrior Stables, LLCEquestrian rider bearing US Flag and wearing the Veteran uniform of the Afghanistan war in honor of our Military Veterans.