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Thousands line streets of Ybor in pursuit of beads

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This parade-goer was on the lookout for beads, beads and more beads. This parade-goer was on the lookout for beads, beads and more beads.

When the Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade comes to Ybor City each year there are many who love to see the floats.

It's all part of the pageantry.

"I think you're going to see floats and they're starting to get dressed up more and more," said Jamie Lawrance, parade chairman. "Each one is trying to one up the other one."

Businesses in the area love the extra foot traffic.

"They know they're going to make more money, they know they're going to meet a lot of people," said Jason Gleason with the Level III nightclub. "It's going to generate more business ultimately."

Others like to watch other people.

"You see things here you don't see anywhere else," says Raymona Van Why, a St. Petersburg resident.

And for experience party-goers their favorite reason is the event's a big time bash!

"It's like a national holiday man," explained Johnny Pate of Tampa. "I do this every year."

Like most parades in Tampa the Knight Parade is about one thing – the beads.

On Saturday parade-goers begged, pleaded, lunged and even climbed on top of things in attempt to obtain those magic strands of plastic.

But why endure so much for something so small?

"I think it becomes competition to see who's got more beads, to see who can get more beads," said Adam Fanelli of Riverview.

"I don't know what it is," adds Pate. "Maybe there's something in them, I have no idea."

And while some people have their limits on the number of beads the will collect others say the sky's the limit.

"There's never too much, never," Fanelli says. "You can never have too many beads even if you have to put them in your pockets."

The good news for everyone in Ybor City on Saturday night was there was no shortage of those addictive little pearls of joy. There was also no shortage on a good time which is really what the Knight Parade is all about.

And the beads.

Pate: "Tons of people hanging out, it's a great place; you get to yell for stupid plastic all night."

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