GRFN3H54M5E4 Think back to your childhood, where on a warm summer day you would get together with some friends or family and enjoy a good old fashion water gun fight. Now, imagine taking that experience to a whole new level with a water gun fight that’s held along a city street with hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators.
Once each year, around the middle of May that’s exactly what happens during the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade. Hundreds of locals and visitors alike can be found lining Butler Ave with their favorite water weapon in hand. Here they strategically plan their attack as they prepare to not only get soaked but, give a good soaking to others.
Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade History
It all started about 27 years ago in the late eighties (1987) when two Tybee Island softball teams, the Beach Bums and Pier 1 got together to play a friendly game of ball. The game ended up becoming a heated event, and after it was over, the Beach Bums ended up the winners. What followed was the start of the first Beach Bum Parade as both teams began driving up and down Butler Avenue and players from both teams starting bombarding each other with water balloons. The water fight proved to be so much fun that others wanted to join in, and soon it became an annual tradition on the island and is today known as the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade. This annual event is enjoyed by both young and old and is one of the favorite island events.
The Beach Bum Parade
The Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade is much more than your ordinary parade. This one is definitely a special, one of a kind event. The parade is held along Butler Avenue and is the islands way to celebrate the start of summer. The Beach Bum parade seems like a typical parade, consisting of floats which are pulled behind cars and trucks. However, there is a twist, on Tybee this parade turns into a playful water-fight between the float participants and the spectators lined up along Butler Avenue. The spectators arm themselves with squirt guns, hoses and other water spraying weapons, and an all out water war takes place. This is your chance to get soaked without getting close to the ocean or a pool.
Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade Rules
In order to keep everyone safe, Tybee Island does have a few rules for the event:
- Water balloons, pressure washers or buckets are considered dangerous and are therefore prohibited.
- Ice water is definitely not allowed. Please, restrict your targets to parade participants and onlookers only.
- Tybee’s police are not included as part of the fun, DO NOT aim a water gun or hose at an officer.
- Everyone wants to have fun but use common sense when selecting your targets for soaking. Remember, it is illegal to open car doors and / or homes to spray inside.
The Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade is free and everyone is welcomed; however, you will get SOAKED, so be prepared. The event is something many locals (particularly the younger crowd) look forward to every year, because it’s all about having a good time. For the next parade, plan to unwind from your busy work week and enjoy a fun filled day on Tybee Island. Be a part of the massive water fight that’s been an annual tradition since 1987. Hope we’ll see you there! If you plan to stay on the island and need a place to call home for a few days visit our beach condo review. You can find a schedule of all events including the Beach Bum Parade on our events page and a guide to the island’s restaurants to satisfy your appetite.
A Typical Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade