In 1998, Matt Glow, Tim Hubbell, Hayden Polk, Chris Jenkins, and Steve Hubbell were walking the Ybor City parades as security for Ye Loyal Krewe of Grace O’Malley. After months of excitement, it became apparent that it was time to start a krewe of their own.
After the 1999 Gasparilla Parade season ended, a group of friends who wanted to be part of the parade festivities got together and started pitching the idea for a new Krewe. This new Krewe would have an Irish theme with kilts and bagpipes. The group selected Don Cassels as their spokesperson and approached the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee with their Krewe idea. The committee approved and the Krewe of Shamrock was born. The group of 19, some meeting for the first time, marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The participants wore kilts and some even played bagpipes. Everyone had a grand time. Thereafter, the group started to meet regularly, planning the logistics of the Krewe.
By the 2000 Parade season, the Krewe had grown to 40 members and a float had been constructed.
A few changes have been made to the Krewe since then, including the expansion of membership in 2006 to 100. In 2010, the Krewe expanded again to its current cap of 140 members.
Throughout Krewe of Shamrock's 20 years of existence, the Krewe has supported many charities across the communities of Tampa Bay. One of the prime charities each year has been the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches. However, the Krewe also supports Feeding Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, A Kid's Place, Miles for Moffitt, Shriner's and others. The Krewe of Shamrock members are compassionate and caring individuals who get involved in a multitude of charity events, donating their time and treasures. The Krewe of Shamrock has an outstanding reputation in the area and has donated thousands of dollars and hours to benefit the community.