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On your radar: A parade and fireworks to welcome the Grand Prix to St. Petersburg, and an opportunity to meet racing great Mario Andretti in Clearwater

Illuminated Night Parade: The Festival of States event welcomes this weekend's Honda Grand Prix with a parade that lights up the downtown area with floats, bands, beads and fireworks. Guests include the Indianapolis Motorcycle Drill Team, Budweiser Clydesdales and Grand Prix drivers Simon Pagenaud, Katherine Legge and Jay Howard at 7:30 p.m. at Central Avenue and Fifth Street N in St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-9888; festivalofstates.com.

Meet Mario Andretti: Racing stars are popping up around the bay area this week for the Grand Prix. Meet and mingle with legend Mario Andretti, the elder of the popular racing family, at 6 p.m. at Macy's at Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Free.

The Whipping Man: In this Gorilla Theatre play, a wounded white soldier and his two former slaves reunite to celebrate Passover in Virginia just after the Civil War. Show is 7 p.m. at Springs Theater, 8029 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $15–$25.

Susan Egan: The original Belle in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast has also appeared in movies (13 Going on 30), on television (House), and as a singer with symphonies worldwide. She'll perform at 7:30 p.m. at Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $32.

Date night

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt: The veteran singer/songwriters will join forces for an intimate unplugged performance that blends acoustic music and storytelling at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $45–$75. (727) 791-7400.

To watch

Series premiere: Touch, 9 p.m., Fox: Kiefer Sutherland is back with a new show about a dad who can't connect with his kid. But this time, instead of being a counterterrorism agent with a not so bright daughter, he's a widower with a mute son who can see weird connections between people, places and events.

Season finale: Project Runway All Stars, 9 p.m., Lifetime: Tommy Hilfiger helps decide which runway collection is least appalling as another season draws to a close.

More to explore

Need date night ideas? Find our food critic's Top 50 restaurants at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

On your radar: A parade and fireworks to welcome the Grand Prix to St. Petersburg, and an opportunity to meet racing great Mario Andretti in Clearwater 03/21/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 22, 2012 8:06am]

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