|James E. Rooster|
|James in effigy|
|Two Parade goers.|
|David Audet (l.) & reporter (r.).|
Spirits soon rose to a fever pitch...
A brief and inspiring speech prepared the crowd for launching as reporters immortalized the moment...
The Parade began, taking James E. Rooster for one more walk around his favorite haunts.
The stream of radiant revelers went through Gaspar's Grotto
|Courtesy of Lydia Gottardi|
The parade found its way to the place where James E. Rooster lived and rests: The Rice family home, where chicken statues and photographic albums from prior Chicken Parades were laid out for all to peruse.
Mrs. Rice climbed on something and gave a little background talk.
|On the way to the car, this hen sprinted across the road.|
Congratulations to David Audet and his crew for a great Cuban Sandwich Festival. This is an authentic celebration of our culture, history, the collective and the individual. It is a great way to remember who we are, where we come from, where we live, and walk into the future unfolding before us. Thank you, David, for bringing me into this.
August 19 (Sunday)
BBQ Block Party and Chicken Parade and Rooster Promenade
2 p.m.-7 p.m. Free
Big Al’s BBQ, Gaspar’s Grotto, Dirty Shame, Ybor City
Lots of BBQ and drinks, live music, and a costume parade open to everybody: children, dogs, pirates, hipsters, and, of course, fowl of all feathers. Bring costumes, do-da hats, wagon floats and umbrellas as we celebrate the life and alas, demise of James E. Rooster, a famous feathered citizen of Ybor City. Parade