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5 things to do under $5 March 8-15: Chasco Fiesta, Kerouac Night, Seminole Pow Wow

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne | Events Editor
Published: March 7, 2018 Updated: March 7, 2018 at 10:44 AM
ANDRES LEIVA | Times Members of the Krewe of Chasco march across the Main Street bridge during the 2017 Chasco Fiesta street parade. This year's event will be held March 9-17 in downtown New Port Richey.

1 Chasco Fiesta Street Parade: The 70-year-old festival is the biggest event of the year in New Port Richey. The nine-day event opens Friday with a midway and Native American festival. Saturday brings a street parade starting at 1 p.m. with 40 professional floats, pirate krewes and plenty of beads on Main Street and Grand Boulevard. Free. The midway and festival are open daily at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey.

2 Seminole Pow Wow Festival: There will be a full-scale carnival with rides for kids of all sizes, games, live music, food by Seminole area restaurants, a fire truck pull, soccer dog show and a parade. Free admission; ride wristbands $15 to $45. The Black Honkeys will headline the opening night concert Friday. The Pow Wow runs 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. (727) 391-8345.

3 Playing! Unplugged: Subtitled "Just What the Doctor Ordered," you wonít find a TV or electronic game anywhere at this giant outdoor play date at Largo Central Park. Hop from station to station for hands-on activities and games using items such as cardboard boxes, fabric, buckets, ropes and paintbrushes. Thereís also a touch-a-truck and a scavenger hunt to find the new city logo. Free. 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

4 Mutt Madness: Pets of all types are invited to the 12th annual family event with a Dancing with the Paws pet/owner dance contest, a Fido Idol dog singing competition, pet/owner look-alike contest, pet vendors, low-cost vaccinations, food court, lure course and adoptable pets on site. Free, $5 parking. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 786-1330. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

5 Kerouac Night: The Beat Generationís literary star is said to have had his last drink at the Flamingo Bar in St. Petersburg, above, before he died in 1969 at St. Anthonyís Hospital. On Saturday, Keep St. Pete Lit will celebrate Jack Kerouac on what would have been his 96th birthday with poetry readings, music and raffle prizes from local writers and artists. All donations and raffle proceeds go to the Friends of the Jack Kerouac House. Free. Flamingo Sports Bar, 1230 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. 7-11 p.m. Saturday.