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.