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3001 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629, USA
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The Bonney-Read Krewe is an all-female krewe that was formed in 1994 and began participating in the Gasparilla and Sant’Yago Knight parades in 1995. It evolved from the Hyde Park Women’s Club and is served by a men’s auxiliary of husbands and significant others, suitably named “Grogmasters.” The founders of the Hyde Park Women’s Club and the Krewe are Camille Matthews, Carol Ferguson, and Linda Will.

Our Krewe is based on the lives of two female pirates, Anne Bonney and Mary Read, who sailed the Caribbean in the early 1700s, masquerading as men. Feminists before their time, they were known as “ferocious hellcats” and are considered to be the most famous women pirates in history.

Small by most standards, our Krewe has only sixty members — all professional women, all “women of spirit and wit.” We are also known as Sisters of the Sword and the Pirate Queens.

Our costumes reflect the manner in which Anne and Mary dressed to disguise themselves as men: plumed hats, reversible black capes with brilliantly colored linings, pirate blouses, colorful vests and sashes, black pants cut below the knee, white stockings, and black shoes. We each carry a long sword — an essential part of our trademark bead-tossing technique that allows us to reach those parade-goers in the back of the crowds, in second- and third-story windows, and on overhead bridges.

A closed Krewe, we add only a small number of new members each year ‚ all close friends of existing members.

Although we are a social Krewe, our members are involved individually in volunteer work in their communities and we have participated in various fund-raising activities as a Krewe throughout the years.

We schedule an array of social functions throughout the year; however, these events are open only to Krewe members, Grogmasters, and invited guests.

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Sunday February 2nd, 2020 - 9:17 am

Bonney Read Krewe is number 15 in the Knight Parade next Saturday Feb 8th. Wishing all Krewes a fun and safe evening! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday January 29th, 2020 - 7:39 pm

Tough times in the Caribbean these days. Bonney-Read Krewe is happy see our Cayman friend Melanie McField has reported herself safe after the earthquake. We hope to make it back to Pirate Week soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday January 12th, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Bonney-Read Krewe is number 44 in the Children's Parade Saturday! Stop by and shake your groove thing with us in staging before the parade moves off! Arrrggh! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday January 4th, 2020 - 5:43 pm

Today we noticed the Jose Gasparilla had disappeared from her berth behind the convention center. Yell Aaaarghh if you know what that means! ... See MoreSee Less

Today we noticed the Jose Gasparilla had disappeared from her berth behind the convention center. Yell Aaaarghh if you know what that means!

Thursday November 7th, 2019 - 8:46 am

Welcome new members! this is the public-facing FB Page for the Bonney Read Krewe. It is just for other orgs to be able to contact Us. Members of the Krewe, please go over to Bonney-Read Krewe (hyphen included) and ask permission to join that FB Page. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday March 12th, 2019 - 7:02 pm

We are early in the St Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday. We will be staged on the south side of 7th street. Come see us! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday January 21st, 2019 - 4:44 pm

We are number 66 in the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion Parade next Saturday! We are ready - arrrrggggghhh you? ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday January 9th, 2019 - 7:19 pm

Almost time, mateys! Gasparilla 2019 is coming soon! Are you ready? BRK looks forward to seeing our fellow Krewes again this year! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday November 18th, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Bonney Read Krewe thanks Krewe of Nautilus for another great Booty Fashion Show. Look forward to next year! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday September 23rd, 2018 - 5:58 pm

Welcome new members! this is the public-facing FB Page for the Bonney Read Krewe. It is just for other orgs to be able to contact Us. Members of the Krewe, please go over to Bonney-Read Krewe (hyphen included) and ask permission to join that FB Page. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday February 12th, 2018 - 7:22 pm

Hard to believe we have wrapped up the third parade already. Anyone for St. Patricks’s Day? We’re ready! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 - 7:02 pm

BRK is number 59 in the parade on Saturday. Come by and see us, and everyone have a great Gasparilla Pirate Invasion! ... See MoreSee Less

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distance: 18 Miles
Address 3001 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629, USA
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