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P.O. Box 270250 Tampa, Florida, 33688-0250 813-289-9310
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krewe-titleTampa’s second-oldest Gasparilla Krewe and first co-ed Krewe.

Venus started the tradition of throwing beads in the Gasparilla Parades.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 children’s 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 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.

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Krewe of Venus

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