Krewe of Shamrock is a charter sponsor of the Royal Tartan Ball
After the 1999 Gasparilla Parade season ended, a group of friends who wanted to be a part of the parade festivities got together and started pitching the idea for a new Krewe. They wanted this new Krewe to have an Irish theme, members wearing kilts, celtic attitudes and bagpipes. These friends approached the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee with their Krewe ideas. The committee approved and the Krewe of Shamrock was born. That original group of 19 debuted in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the original kilted krewe in Tampa Bay. Everyone had a grand time. By the 2000 Parade season, the Krewe had grown to 40 members and a float had been constructed by several members and was used for four parade seasons.
The Krewe’s current float was designed and built from the ground, or should we say trailer on up, by krewe members. As we have grown it was decided that membership in the Krewe of Shamrock would be capped at 140. There has always been a strong feeling of family and friendship, and the overall thought that if allowed to get too big, members would not know each other and we would lose that closeness which is so important.
Krewe of Shamrock members are compassionate and caring individuals who get involved in charity events donating their time and treasures. The Krewe of Shamrock has an outstanding reputation in the community.