August 31, 2011
For Immediate Release

Tom Keating

                       Ybor City Chamber of Commerce              813.248.3712 x23


Motorized Parade Returns to Guavaween in 2011

Floats, krewes and beads are back!

(Tampa, Florida)  The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that motorized floats are back for the 26th annual Guavaween celebration. The Ybor City Chamber has taken-over production of this signature, special event held each Halloween in Tampa's Historic Latin Quarter.


"We listened to the voices of our community. And yes, the motorized parade returns this year!" stated Angela Rodante, Chair of the Chamber's Guavaween Committee. "The Ybor Chamber is investing and improving Guavaween and bringing more fun than ever - it's Halloween Ybor City style!"


The Ybor Chamber is bringing the tradition, fun and creativity of the past twenty-five years of Guavaweens to a new generation and inviting "Guava alums" back to their National Historic Landmark District for one of the "top-13 Halloween events in the country." Not to mention "the biggest fall event in the Bay Area."


This year's theme will be built around "superheroes" which has gained so much prominence in recent movie blockbusters. A new "Miss Guavaween Pageant" will be held the week before Guavaween and will likely become a permanent kick-off event. In addition, more of the favorite Ybor-based restaurants will be gourmet street vendors, a concept that worked well during the Chamber's Fiesta Day, now in its 65th year.


"We are suspending the daytime Family Fun Fest this year, to focus our resources on improving the quality of the night time entertainment," said Tom Keating, President and CEO of the Chamber. "Our purpose is to introduce new patrons to the fun, food and creativity that are an everyday part of Ybor City."


Check-out the Ybor Chamber's new website, soon to go live, for more information on Guavaween and other up-coming events in the District, such as our 46th Annual Gala & Gonzmart Award and 2nd Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl. - 


The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce has been the champion of Ybor City for 82 years, hosting special events throughout the year from the fall "holiday season" to the spring "festival season."