What Time is the Bucs' Boat Parade? Route of Tampa Celebration and Other Details

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will celebrate winning Super Bowl LV with a parade befitting of their moniker on Wednesday.

The Bucs will not have a traditional parade through the streets of Tampa, but will instead hold a boat parade down the Hillsborough River, following the example set by the Tampa Bay Lightning in September after their Stanley Cup triumph.

The Bucs captured a first Vince Lombardi Trophy in 18 years and the second in franchise history as they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 on Sunday, when they became the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their own stadium.

On Wednesday, the celebrations will begin at 1 p.m. ET near Armature Works, heading south before ending at Sparkman Wharf.

Fans will be able to watch the parade from a host of public viewing areas, including the Riverwalk from Armature to Harbour Islan, the sidewalk along Blake High School and all waterside parks along the route with the exception of Plant Park.

According to a release from Hillsborough County officials, all bridges crossing the Hillsborough River from Laurel Street to Platt Street will be closed while the boat parade heads down towards Sparkman Wharf.

There will, however, be significant differences between the celebrations on Wednesday and the parade the Lightning held five months ago.

Fans with boats won't be allowed to get too close to the parade but can still follow the celebration from the river provided they stay at least 50 feet away from the official vessels, which will carry the Bucs players and coaches as well as Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and a number of city officials.

Unlike the Stanley Cup parade in September when thousands of fans gathered at Raymond James Stadium after the parade, there are no post-boat parade events scheduled.

Fans who can't attend the parade in person will be able to watch a live stream on the Bucs' social media channels, as well as via the social media accounts of the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

Those who do attend, meanwhile, will be required to wear mask even though the event takes place outdoors.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A detailed view of the scoreboard after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 7 in Tampa, Florida. Patrick Smith/Getty

In several places in Tampa, social distancing measures fell by the wayside on Sunday night as fans gathered en masse to watch Tom Brady win his seventh Super Bowl and the Bucs' first in 18 years.

Many Bucs fans appeared to ignore the guidelines in place because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic during the boisterous celebrations that followed Super Bowl LV.

Photos and videos circulating on social media show large groups of fans cheering, dancing outside bars and standing on cars.

Last month, Castor issued an executive order making it mandatory to wear face masks outside in popular areas of the city in the days leading up to and after Super Bowl LV.

Despite the pictures and footage of fans seemingly ignoring social distancing measures as they celebrated, Castor indicated the majority of people in Tampa complied with the guidelines.

"Everyone knows that simply wearing a mask dramatically reduces the spread of COVID-19. And I'm proud to say that the majority of the individuals that I saw out and about enjoying the festivities associated with the Super Bowl were complying," she said at a media briefing on Monday.

"There just has to be that level of personal responsibility. You can supply everyone with a mask, advise them of the science behind it and expect that they are going to abide by the mask order. Again, you're gonna find a few that don't. The majority that I saw were wearing masks."