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5 things to do under $5 Feb. 23-29

1Gasparilla Outward Bound Voyage: We've got one last party to end Gasparilla season. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will celebrate their conquest of Tampa on Saturday with a festive celebration of live music and merriment starting at noon. Beginning at 2 p.m., the Jose Gasparilla sailing vessel will dock at the Tampa Convention Center, and about 6 p.m. the pirates will return the keys to the city to the mayor and head back out to sea. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Free, charge for food and drink.

2Blast Friday: Downtown Clearwater's free street festival this month will feature a performance by '70s hitmakers Pablo Cruise. (Admit it, you can't help but blast the radio when the slick synth-rockers ask, "What you gonna do when she says goodbye?") There will also be a variety of vendors, plus food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The street fair begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday with entertainment outside until 10 p.m. in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in Clearwater. Free.

3Free Pancake Day: IHOP is once again giving away a short stack of buttermilk pancakes this year, and all they ask in return is a donation to the Children's Miracle Network to reach their goal of $2.7 million. So set your alarm on Tuesday, and find a participating location at ihoppancakeday.com.

4Flan Fest and Fiesta Day: These two complementary festivals turn Ybor City into a yummy party Saturday. The flantastic caramel custard takes center stage with flans to sample, a recipe contest and a flan-eating contest in Centennial Park. At the same time, there's Fiesta Day, about the Cuban, German, Italian and Spanish immigrants who made the cigars and the city the spicy mix it is today. There's an arts marketplace, lots of ethnic food and, of course, music for dancing in the streets in and around the Italian Club, 1731 E Seventh Ave. Both start at 11 a.m. Saturday. Free admission.

5Civil War re-enactment: Called the Battle of Ballast Point, Civil War re-enactors will be camped out this weekend at Fort DeSoto with ongoing events such as battle re-enactments and demonstrations of mid-19th century life. Have a bag of fresh kettle corn and listen to some drum and fife music or watch artillery demonstrations and infantry drills. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. Free, but it's now $5 to park.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

 
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