Preps underway for annual Tybee Beach Bum Parade


TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - The 32nd annual Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade will take place Friday, May 18.

For three decades now, thousands have flocked to Tybee for this annual event, known as one of the South's largest water fights. Participants line the Butler Avenue parade route with buckets, hoses and water guns prepared to soak all those within range.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Organizers will be lining the floats up at the North Beach parking lot. From the lot, the parade will head towards Highway 80, then make its way from Hwy 80 to Butler Avenue and continue down Butler towards Tybrisa Street.

Crews were already out Friday morning preparing for the big event by closing some streets and putting up barriers along the parade route.

Organizers have several rules in place during the parade to ensure public safety at this family-friendly event. Beach Bum Parade 2018 Rules are as follows:

**Only water is permitted – none of the following items are allowed:

  • NEW: No Parking on Butler Avenue on parade day.
  • Water balloons, pressure washers, etc. are prohibited.
  • Do not use iced water and/or ice.
  • Do not run into the street.
  • Do not squirt those who do not wish to participate or who are outside of the parade area.
  • Do not squirt parade marshals.
  • Squirting law enforcement officers is prohibited and will result in arrest.
  • Enjoy yourself but remember that safety comes first.


The parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. when temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s. There is a chance of a scattered shower Friday afternoon into the evening, but that shouldn't stop you from attending. The WTOC Weather Team thinks you'll have a better chance of getting wet from the water guns anyway, plus, there will be a 10 to 15 MPH southerly breeze to help dry you off.


Find additional event details by checking out Tybee Beach Bum Parade on Facebook.

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