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Shriners fill the streets of Ybor City in parade

The fez-bedecked throngs of the 121st Imperial Council Session of the Prince Hall Shriners stepped off in Ybor City on Wednesday night in a parade full of music, clowns and floats.

It's one of many events for the annual gathering of Shriners and their auxiliary, the Daughters of Isis, which has been taking place at the Tampa Convention Center since Tuesday. About 25,000 Shriners are here from all 50 states, plus parts of Western Europe, Japan and Korea.

The shrine is headed by the imperial potentate, and the Daughters of Isis is headed by the imperial commandress. The red fez is worn by the men and the white fez by the women, both of whom are community-oriented.

As the crowd gathers behind barricades to watch the festivities Wednesday evening, Imperial Deputy Marshal Vance E. Thorpe Sr. with the Suakim Temple 60 of Wilmington, N.C., stands watch at the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Noble Mystic Shrine’s Prince Hall Shriners and Daughters of Isis Twilight Parade in Ybor City. It’s one of many events for the gathering of Shriners and their auxiliary, the Daughters of Isis, which has been taking place at the Tampa Convention Center since Tuesday. About 25,000 Shriners are in town from all 50 states.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

As the crowd gathers behind barricades to watch the festivities Wednesday evening, Imperial Deputy Marshal Vance E. Thorpe Sr. with the Suakim Temple 60 of Wilmington, N.C., stands watch at the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Noble Mystic Shrine’s Prince Hall Shriners and Daughters of Isis Twilight Parade in Ybor City. It’s one of many events for the gathering of Shriners and their auxiliary, the Daughters of Isis, which has been taking place at the Tampa Convention Center since Tuesday. About 25,000 Shriners are in town from all 50 states.

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Shriners fill the streets of Ybor City in parade 08/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:20am]
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