As thousands of people descended on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, it appeared one of the mainstays wouldn't be there.
The Rumrunners float had crashed on the way to the event.
"I was on the float when it happened and i got pinned in between the bar and the bench, and my back is so sore," said Laura Parker, a member of the Rumrunners Krewe.
"It was quite frightening. We thought we were going to tip," Parker said.
The float was driving on the Selmon Expressway eastbound in downtown Tampa heading to Ybor City Saturday afternoon when it lost control.
The truck towing the float jackknifed, leaving both vehicles turned sideways to the highway. People driving along the toll road clearly saw the float in distress.
Still, the Krewe was able to make quick repairs and get it back on the road in time for the event at 8 p.m.
"We'd never miss this stuff," said a krewe member. "Rumrunners always rally. Every parade, we're always here," he said.
Tampa Police were called to the scene, but it's unclear what led to the crash and who was at fault.