October 31, 2011
For Immediate Release

Press Contact: Tom Keating

Phone: 813.248.3712 x23


Upscale Vibe in "The Big Guava"

 Guavaween Brings Guests to Bay Area from Across the Nation


(Tampa, FL) Ybor has made the big time - placed Tampa third in a review of the top-ten cities in which to celebrate Halloween. Guavaween no longer belongs to Papa, Mama or even Ybor City - the long-term success of the Ybor City Chamber's "Halloween with a Latin Flair" has put us squarely in the national spotlight, and it's all good!


"Bringing back the motorized-parade was a decision made, in large-part, by our Chair of the Board, Andrea White," says Angela Rodante, Chair of the Chamber's Guavaween Committee. "This key decision has renewed enthusiasm, created a new level of energy and clearly shows the Ybor Chamber is willing to invest in improving and growing our signature event."


Just over 20,000 attendees, ate, drank and made merry in Tampa's National Historic Landmark District. Costumed revelers celebrated from one end of famed 7th Avenue to the other. Guests spent more time in Ybor's bars and restaurants, since outside vendors were limited. "This simple move has demonstrated to our members that this is a promotion for them," said Tom Keating, President & CEO of the Ybor Chamber. "I was also pleased to see a large number of our residents in attendance enjoying their community."


Guavaween 2011 had the feel of a giant "open-house" with guests coming and going over a 12 hour period. Some came early for dinner and the Parade, others enjoyed bar-hopping and the Costume Contest, while still others came late for the headliners Tonic and EVE6 and late-night clubbing. "Guavaween was safe, fun and entertaining - everyone I talked with seemed to be having a great time," said Andrea White the Chamber's Chair of the Board. "We are very pleased with the support we have received from both our public and private sector partners. I have been advised that this was the safest Guavaween in memory."


The Ybor City Chamber is pleased to announce the following award winners for the 2011 Guavaween Parade and Costume Contest. Winning floats will receive a customized Ybor ceramic tile. 


Top Parade Units


First Place- Krewe of Zingaro


Second Place- Savtira Corporation
Third Place- Ye Krewe of the Freebooters
Best in Theme- Super Krewe

Costume Contest

First - ($1,000)- Toy Soldier Trio; Cocoa, Florida            
Second - ($750)- The Retired Hooter'sGirls & Chippendales; Clark Lake, Michigan
Third - ($500)- The Smurfs with Papa and Smurfette; Cocoa, Florida    
Best in Theme - ($250)- Bud Man; Maplewood, Minnesota