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Tybee Island's Beach Bum Parade

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

The Tybee Beach Bum Parade kicked off Friday at 6:30 p.m. Parade floats were filled with water and spectators lined up along Butler Avenue armed with buckets of water, squirt guns and hoses ready for battle.

The Beach Bum parade started in 1987, when a Tybee Island softball team called the Beach Bums were challenged to a game by Pier 15, another local 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

This year's Beach Bum queen is the lovely Charlene Barrett, and the 2014 Beach Bum Parade Grand Marshall is Joe Maloney.

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