Hey, it’s already a little rainy, so come on out to Tybee Island and let’s make it really rain, for sure!
2012 Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade
Today at 6 p.m., Tybee Island will feature a parade and a massive island-wide water fight. Spectators lined up along the parade route on Butler Avenue will be armed with squirt guns and hoses. Just know the parade participants on floats will be fully armed, too! Don’t miss this family-friendly water fight, which has been a true Tybee Island tradition since 1987. The 2012 Beach Bum Parade Royal Family includes Grand Marshal Mike Hosti, Big Kahuna Carl Looper and Queen Wanda Stevenson.
THE RULES: Water balloons, buckets and pressure washers are prohibited and considered dangerous. No ice water. Restrict your targets to parade participants and on-lookers only. Do not attempt to aim your hose or water gun at a police officer. Residents and visitors are asked to use common sense in choosing and soaking your targets. It is illegal to open car doors or homes to spray inside. By following these guidelines, everyone can have a great time!
It all started approximately 25 years ago, when a softball team called the “Beach Bums” was challenged to a game by “Pier 1,” another Tybee softball team. The Beach Bums won the game and, afterwards, both teams drove up and down Butler Avenue with police escorts as the players bombed each other with water balloons. Before they knew it, there was a water fight in the making. Since then, the event has become the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade, known far and wide as a favorite annual island tradition.