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Parade kicks off Chasco Fiesta, Pasco's largest annual event

Natalie Cacciatore, head of the Krewe of Agustina de Aragon, gives out beads at last year’s event.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2009)

Natalie Cacciatore, head of the Krewe of Agustina de Aragon, gives out beads at last year’s event.

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Chasco Fiesta street parade kicks off at 1 p.m. today, anchoring a busy first weekend of festivities in Pasco's largest annual event.

This year's parade theme is "Carnivale," and dozens of colorful floats, bands, youth marching groups and other units are scheduled to be in the lineup.

The parade forms at Gulf Drive and Grand Boulevard, moves north on Grand, around Orange Lake, down Bank Street to Main, then west on Main to U.S. 19. Tens of thousands of people are expected to be at the parade, so parking near downtown will be scarce. Those who attend should anticipate long walks.

There will be plenty to do in the parade area. The Native American Festival and Pow Wow continues, with a performance by award-winning violinist Arvel Bird at noon and 6 p.m. and dancers vying for more than $14,000 in prizes from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. today.

More than 15 local organizations will have food booths with a variety of treats — kettle corn, Cuban sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, meatball subs, nacho chips with cheese, pizza, Dippin' Dots, funnel cakes, chili pie, smoked turkey legs, fruit smoothies, frozen lemonade, lasagna, ice cream, chicken fingers, cheese fries, chicken wings, corn dogs, strawberry shortcake, pork sticks, the West Pasco Sertoma Beef Barbecue, serving ribs, sliced beef, corn on the cob, baked beans, cole slaw and hot dogs — and more.

The purpose of Chasco is to raise money for more than 30 local non-profit organizations.

Sunday's big event is the Gulfside Corvette Club Chasco Car, Truck and Bike Show, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. around Orange Lake.

This weekend's schedule

Today

8 to 11 a.m.: Cotee River Lions Club Breakfast ($4)

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Flea Market, Arts and Crafts Village, parking lot at Circle Boulevard and Central Avenue

9 a.m. to noon: Junior Service League Children's Village

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Florida Blood Services Bloodmobile

10 a.m. to noon: Register for Chasco Main Street Mile at Schwettman Education Center

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Native American Festival and Pow Wow

11 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Carnival midway rides; West Pasco Sertoma Beef Barbecue

Noon: Violinist Arvel Bird, Native American Festival

12:30 p.m.: Chasco Main Street Mile

1 p.m.: Grand Entry, Native American Festival and Pow Wow; Chasco Fiesta Street Parade

1 to 11 p.m.: Rock 'n' Roll Tribute Day, featuring The Wholigans, a The Who tribute band; the Roy Sites Band; P.E.G.; and Ascension: Classic Yes

6 p.m.: Violinist Arvel Bir

7 to 10 p.m.: Grand Entry, Native American Festival, dance competition

Sunday

8 to 11 a.m.: Cotee River Lions Club Breakfast ($4)

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Gulfside Corvette Club Chasco Car, Truck & Bike Show, Orange Lake (entry fee to participate)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Native American Festival and Pow Wow

Noon: Grand Entry, Native American Festival and Pow Wow; violinist Arvel Bir

Noon to 4 p.m.: West Pasco Sertoma Beef Barbecue

1 to 6 p.m.: Carnival midway rides

1 to 10 p.m.: Classic Rock 'n' Roll, featuring Purple Haze, Bone Yard Dogs, Jeteye, Roadhouse

5 p.m.: Native American dance competition winners announced

The carnival midway will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The Native American Festival will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Chasco Fiesta runs through March 28. For information, visit www.chascofiesta.com. Also, the Times special section, Chasco Fiesta 2010, with a full schedule of events, is available at the St. Petersburg Times office at 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, or the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce office on the northwest corner of Main Street and the Cotee River.

Parade kicks off Chasco Fiesta, Pasco's largest annual event 03/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 19, 2010 9:59pm]
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