ST. PETERSBURG —Michael Andretti, co-owner of the Andretti Green Racing team, will once again be the grand marshal of the St. Petersburg Festival of States Honda Grand Prix illuminated night parade.
The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, runs along the waterfront and will feature many of the drivers in town to compete in the race during the weekend.
The parade route travels east from Central Avenue and Fifth Street N, north on Second Street N, east on First Avenue N, then north on Beach Drive to Fifth Avenue N.
Afterward, at a party in North Straub Park, race car drivers will be available to sign autographs. The Greater St. Petersburg Area Awesome Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band and the U.S. Navy Rock Band will perform. The party is free and open to the public. Fireworks will take place after the parade.
The Saturday Morning Market will be closed this week to make way for activities associated with the Grand Prix.
The 88th annual Festival of States celebration is presented by the Suncoasters.
Additional Festival of States events include the 5-kilometer and 1-mile run sponsored by Harvey's 4th Street Grill, which begins at 8 a.m. April 18. The day parade is scheduled at 10 a.m. the same day. At 12 p.m. April 18, Family Fun Fest gets under way in North Straub Park,