NEW PORT RICHEY — Chasco Fiesta kicks off tonight with nine days of festival fare at Sims Park, including nightly live music, carnival rides and food vendors.
The celebration begins with the Native American Pow Wow and Festival, featuring three days of dancing and educational shows about American Indian cultures. Grand entries of dancers will be at 7 tonight; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday, with the announcement of winners at 5 p.m. Sunday. Native American vendors will open at 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, selling authentic arts and crafts.
The festival runs through March 31 with the carnival midway (5 to 11 p.m. both Fridays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday); a flea market and arts and crafts village (this Saturday and Sunday); children's activities; a car, truck and bike show (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday); the huge street parade (1 p.m. Saturday); the boat parade (1 p.m. March 31) and the coronation of Queen Chasco and King Pithla — all to raise money for dozens of local nonprofits.