What started as an affable water fight over 30 years ago between two softball teams on Tybee has exploded into one of the island’s most fun evenings.

The annual Tybee Beach Bum Parade is back for its 32nd year. Each year, citizens arm themselves with water guns and take to the streets for some local fun in the sun. From its simple beginnings, the Beach Bum Parade has grown into a huge event each year, complete with a number of goofy and respectable parade floats.


Beginning at North Beach Parking Lot, across from the lighthouse, the parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. May 18. Participants are encouraged to show up no later than 5:30 p.m.

While the name of the game is fun, it’s important to be reminded of some ground rules: No water balloons, ice water, pressure washers, or anything but water should be used. Also, don’t spray law enforcement, unless you’re hoping to take a ride to see Tybee’s jail.

Mind your electronics and wear your swimsuit — it’s going to get wet.