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Tampa’s second-oldest Gasparilla Krewe and first co-ed Krewe.
Venus started the tradition of throwing beads in the Gasparilla Parades.
Founded in 1965
There is always something fun to do with the Krewe of Venus. If you are interested in joining us at one of our events or would like information about membership in the Krewe, please contact our Krewe office (see our Contact page). And be sure to check our Blog for the latest news and reviews of all Krewe events.
The Krewe participates in a variety of parade events each year, including the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, Gasparilla Pirate invasion flotilla, Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade, Ybor City Knight Parade, and St. Patrick’s Night Parade.
Our annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefitting the Tampa Firefighters Charity Fund, supports Camp Hopetake, a summer camp for previously burned children.
The Krewe hosts several balls and parties throughout the year, including the Royal Coronation Ball, Golf Tournament Pre-Party, Derby Party, President’s Party, King and Queen’s Royal Party, Halloween Costume Party, Debutante Presentation Ball, Kings Guard Christmas Brunch, Arms of Venus Glitz & Glamour Party, and numerous socials at popular local venues and Krewe members’ homes.
It all started in 1904, when the mystical legend of Jose Gaspar came to life. Gaspar and his scar-faced, eye patch-wearing band of pirates soon became known to Tampa residents as Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Decked out in the garb of high seas pirates, they storm Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa, demanding that the Mayor surrender the city.
Each year in January the siege is repeated. The pirate ship Jose Gaspar sails into the harbor near downtown Tampa with a flotilla of hundreds of boats. The pirates blast away with pistols and cannons as they prepare to start the invasion. The captain and his Krewe capture the city (with little resistance) and share their wealth of trinkets, doubloons, and necklaces with the enthusiastic crowd along the parade route.
The Krewe of Venus follows close behind with its Royal Court float, Loyal Subjects float, Debutante float, and Kings Guard float. Two weeks after the Gasparilla invasion, the party continues with the Knights of Sant‘ Yago Ybor City Knight Parade.
The Krewe of Venus, established in 1965, is the second-oldest Gasparilla Krewe in Tampa and the first co-ed Krewe.
The heritage of the Krewe of Venus extends back over three decades in Tampa. Our founder, Mrs. Frank (Lucille) Cochran, and members of the Tampa Women’s Club, established the Krewe in 1965.
With support and representation from the New Orleans Krewe of Venus, first-year activities were kicked off with a Mardi Gras style Coronation Ball at the old Curtis Hixon Convention Center in the fall of 1965. Since that year, Kings and Queens have been crowned and our gala events have become a glittering part of the Tampa Bay social scene.
For more information on Krewe history, please visit our Krewe Information page.
The Krewe annually hosts a calendar of events, to include the Royal Coronation Ball, Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Derby Party, President’s Party, King and Queen’s Royal Party, Halloween Costume Party, Debutante Presentation Ball, King’s Guard Christmas Brunch, and the Arms of Venus Glitz & Glamour Party.
The Krewe also participates in the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, Gasparilla Pirate invasion flotilla, Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade, Ybor City Knight Parade, and St. Patrick’s Night Parade.
For more information on Krewe activities, visit our Events page or check out our Blog. And don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter to keep up on all Krewe news and reviews. Details can be found on our Contact page or our Blog.
The King’s Guard is the mens’ group established to assist and protect the Royal Court, organize and manage all parade and float activities, and support all Krewe events. The King’s Guard hosts an annual Christmas Brunch, supporting local area childrens’ homes or hospitals with toys and gifts.
The King’s Guard has a standard uniform worn for all parades and special Krewe functions. While under the Krewe of Venus mantle and reporting directly to it, they have their own Captain and committees to organize their functions.
The Arms of Venus is the women’s group established to create and facilitate the annual Debutante program. They also plan and orchestrate the annual Charity Golf Tournament each spring, benefitting the Tampa Firefighters Camp Hopetake for previously burned children.
The Arms of Venus wear Renaissance-style costumes for parades, maintaining the Krewe colors of purple and gold, but are more individual in their appearance. While under the mantle of the Krewe of Venus and reporting directly to it, they have their own Captain and committees to organize their functions.
The Krewe of Venus is a social organization established to be part of the Tampa Bay area Krewe festivities. The Krewe participates in Gasparilla and other parades and events throughout the year. In addition to a myriad of informal and themed socials, dinners, and parties, we are distinguished from other area Krewes by our Mardi Gras style pageantry and multiple formal events.