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Gasparilla parade picks Jim Belushi as grand marshal

TAMPA — Actor Jim Belushi will be grand marshal of the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates next month, organizers said Tuesday.

Belushi and his rhythm and blues band, Sacred Hearts, are scheduled to perform the night before at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, the pirate fest's title sponsor.

The unofficial announcement came Tuesday at a briefing for parade participants at the hotel.

Belushi appeared in several films and the sitcom According to Jim and stars in the new TV dramatic series The Defenders.

Belushi and the Sacred Hearts are scheduled to perform Jan. 28 at the Hard Rock.

The parade is the next day, Jan. 29. Starting at 2 p.m., if follows Bayshore Boulevard into downtown Tampa and includes more than 90 floats and 50 krewes, and 14 marching bands.

Gasparilla parade picks Jim Belushi as grand marshal 12/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 5:44pm]
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