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From left, Liam MacGillivary, Scout Hayden and Rylie Auger ride in a ship during the Preschooler’s Stroll before the Annual Gasparilla Children’s Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.LOREN ELLIOTT | Times (2016)

Things to Do Planner: Gasparilla Children's Parade, comics George Lopez, Margaret Cho

LITTLE PIRATES: Gasparilla Children's Parade The G-rated, alcohol-free Gasparilla Children's Parade welcomes Tampa's pirate season Saturday. Pint-sized pirates 5 and younger can join the Preschooler's Stroll (1:30-2:30 p.m.). You will see elaborately decorated wagons on the half-mile strut, some with wee pirate shi …

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  1. Things to Do Planner: Gasparilla Children's Parade, comics George Lopez, Margaret Cho

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    LITTLE PIRATES: Gasparilla Children's Parade

    From left, Liam MacGillivary, Scout Hayden and Rylie Auger ride in a ship during the Preschooler’s Stroll before the Annual Gasparilla Children’s Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.
  2. Dining Planner: Where to get Tampa Bay's best sweets and ruin your resolutions

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    RESISTANCE IS FUTILE: SWEET RELIEF

    These artisan chocolates are available at William Dean Chocolates in Largo. The store, which has moved to a shopping plaza at the corner if Indian Rocks Road and West Bay Drive, creates chocolates for corporate orders, HSN and for their retail store. Founded in 2007, the company is named in honor of its founder’s father (William) and grandfather (Dean).
  3. 5 things to do under $5 Jan. 19-25: Dazz Band, David Sanborn at Heritage Fest, food truck rally, dog show

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    1Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival: This musical celebration in Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday features funk greats the Dazz Band, Grammy winners for 1982's Let It Whip who also topped the charts with Swoop (I'm Yours) and Joystick. Neo-soul artist Anthony David (Something …

    Anthony David.
  4. Among dog show entries: the nation's No. 1 berger picard

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    BROOKSVILLE — A casual onlooker at the Florida Gulf Coast Clusters dog show last week might have wrinkled a nose around the word "scruffy" when a quintet of berger picard canines stepped into the ring.

    (center) Daniel Martin, 25, of Raleigh, N.C., shows Only, a berger picard, during the Florida Gulf Coast Clusters all-breed dog show at Florida Classic Park, east of Brooksville. The show continues through Jan. 22. Exhibitors come from all over the country, and some from Canada. Spectators are welcome. For more information visit floridaclassicpark.com.
  5. 37th annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment will revisit Civil War times

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    SPRING HILL — Contrary to the stealth of Union troops in 1864, the Blue and the Gray enlisted for the 37th annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment will descend this weekend with the clatter of hooves, the percussion of musket fire and the boom of cannons.

    Civil War re-enactors will portray Confederate and Union troops during the annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment this weekend at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation in Spring Hill. [Times files]
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 18

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    Joe Turner's Come and Gone: The last of August Wilson's Century Cycle, owners of a boarding house play host to a makeshift family of people with connections to slavery. Some stay days, some longer. Through Feb. 19. Pay what you can night. Suggested donation $15 advance. 7 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at …

    (from left to right) Fanni Green and Kim Sullivan practice a scene during rehearsal for Joe Turner's Come and Gone on January 11, 2017 in St. Petersburg. Joe Turner's Come and Gone will open on January 18 and run through February 19, 2017 at American Stage in St. Petersburg.