Explore Ybor City's rich history and culture

YBOR CITY, Fla. - Ybor City is a part of the Tampa Bay area rich in history, culture, and known for its night life.

Known as the "Latin Quarter," a wide variety of cuisine is available just by strolling through the Historic District.

The Columbia Restaurant is one of the main culinary staples, founded in 1905 by Casimiro Hernandez Sr.

Visitors can learn about the history at the Ybor City Museum State Park , and browse eclectic shops and art galleries.

Founded by Vicente Martinez-Ybor as a cigar-manufacturing center, it is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida.  Red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies and narrow brick streets give it an old-world charm that is a refreshing change of pace from the beach and the mall.

Every Saturday, you can find fresh food and fare at the Ybor City Saturday Market held in Centennial Park (corner of 8th Ave and 19th St.).  It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May to September, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from October to April.

Pets are welcome, and there's free admission and parking.

Annual notable events include:

Sant'Yago Knight Parade (also known as Gasparilla Night Parade) - Usually held the Saturday following the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in late February
Guavaween - Daytime events and nighttime parade in October, named for Tampa's "Big Guava" nickname (There are expected changes to this year's plans)
Rough Rider's St. Patrick's Night Parade - Illuminated nighttime parade held on or near St. Patrick's Day, mid-March
Tampa Cigar Heritage Festival - Celebrated mid-November
Festa Italiana
- Weekend event celebrating Italian culture and food, celebrated mid-April
Fiesta - weekend event celebrating Latin culture and food, celebrated mid-February
GaYbor Days - Four-day long street festival in the GaYbor district, held in July
Cigar City Tattoo Convention - Annual tattoo convention hosted at the Historic Cuban Club

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