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Hope for sun for Memorial Day fun

ST. PETERSBURG — Try to avoid the rain and hope for sunny skies this weekend to soak up all the Memorial Day festivities.

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Kick off the weekend Saturday with the radio 97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ 2 at Vinoy Park. Starting at noon, the event will feature live music from the Spill Canvas, 10 Years, and local bands Aversia and Mr. Bella, among others. There will also be volleyball tournaments, food and a beer garden. Tickets are $10 and are available through Ticketmaster or through radio station appearances.

Later that night, Richard Kaufman will conduct Star Spangled Pops, a collection of patriotic songs and marches performed by the Florida Orchestra Super Pops. The program will include a 100th-anniversary salute to American composer Leroy Anderson.

Tickets are $21 to $56 for the 8 p.m. performance at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.

On Memorial Day head over to the Pier for the Salsa En St. Pete Summer Celebration to dance up a storm to salsa and other Latin music from 4 to 9 p.m.

Dagny Salas can be reached at or (727) 893-8872.

There are performances of Star Spangled Pops in Tampa and Clearwater, too. Here's a list.


Star Spangled Pops: Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m., 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $21-$56.


97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ 2: Noon, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. Tickets $10.

Star Spangled Pops: 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets: $21-$56.


Star Spangled Pops: 7:30 p.m., Richard B. Baumgardner Center, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets: $21-$56.


Salsa En St. Pete Summer Celebration: The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

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Hope for sun for Memorial Day fun 05/20/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 2:45pm]
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