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Things to do in Tampa Bay on March 24

Illuminated night parade: Kicking off Grand Prix race weekend, this parade lights up downtown St. Petersburg, followed by a party in the park with fireworks. Racing legends Al Unser Jr. and Johnny Rutherford and several other drivers, bands and the Budweiser Clydesdales will be there. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Central Avenue and Fifth Street and ends at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue N. Free.

Gasparilla International Film Festival Opening Night: The festival kicks off with a reception at Tampa Theatre at 6 p.m. and the film The Music Never Stopped at 7:30 p.m. followed by an awards presentation, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $55 VIP, includes reception. There's no cover for the after party at nearby Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St. www.giff2011.com for schedules and tickets.

Sick of Sarah: The all-girl five-piece sounds like the Breeders meets Tegan & Sara with a splash of punk. 7 p.m., the Orpheum in Ybor City $12.50; myspace.com/theorpheum.

DJ Havana Brown: She bills herself as the official tour DJ of stars like Britney Spears and Chris Brown. See her at 9 p.m., Aja Wiregrass, 28330 Paseo Drive, Suite 190, Wesley Chapel. $5-$15. (813) 994-0002; ajawiregrass.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Chasco Fiesta: The annual 11-day American Indian festival kicks off today with a carnival and music every day. It starts at 5 p.m. at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Free, fee for food, rides; chascofiesta.com.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE, Jersey Shore, 10 p.m., MTV: We already know they're headed to Italy next season, so we can't even muster a smart-aleck comment about this one.

SEASON FINALE, Fairly Legal, 10 p.m., USA: Kate has to mediate a legal dispute between two siblings, stop an international incident at the Croatian Embassy and almost gets thrown in jail.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Testing has finally begun on Busch Garden's newest roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt. Find out the cool details about how they do it at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Things to do in Tampa Bay on March 24 03/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:51pm]

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