1Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: If you thought Gasparilla was a party, wait till you see the nighttime version in Ybor City. Celebrity TV talk show host Steve Wilkos (a former Jerry Springer bouncer who developed a fan base of his own) serves as grand marshal for this parade featuring more than 100 illuminated floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. Wilkos has had cameos in The Wayans Bros., The Simpsons and in the Austin Powers movie The Spy Who Shagged Me because Springer fans love the chrome-domed tough guy. You can meet him Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, where he will be greeting fans from 1 to 3 p.m. before the parade. The beads and floats start moving through Ybor at 7 p.m. Saturday at Seventh Avenue and Nuccio. It moves east on Seventh to 23rd Street, the parade's end. Free. Bleacher seats available for $24 at KnightParade.com.
2Big Kids Art Show: See the collaborative work between the "big kids" — USF St. Petersburg Graphic Design students — and the "little kids" — students from Symmes Elementary School in Riverview — in this unique art show. The school kids drew their favorite character, from Minnie Mouse to wrestler John Cena to SpongeBob, mostly in crayon, then the graphic design students enhanced the drawings on a grander scale. The artwork from the elementary students will be on display next to the artist's work that it inspired. See them at the opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday at the [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620. Free.
3Artist Talk With Mario Garcia Joya: Considered one of the most influential photographers and cinematographers Cuba has ever produced, Mario Garcia Joya will be here for a reception Saturday to open an exhibition of his still photography, and he will give a talk on Sunday to discuss "Filming Difficult Scenes." A question and answer session follows the discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The photo exhibition runs through Feb. 26, and he will be at the reception Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. It's all at Feathered Serpent Gallery, 1018 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. (727) 824-8877. Free.
4 Touch A Truck and Business Expo: Clowns and trucks will be in abundance for Touch-A-Truck and Florida Clown Day. Kids will be able to climb on an assortment of vehicles while more than 100 clowns from the Uptown Clown Alley entertain the family. Visit the Community Business Expo featuring services demonstrations, free samples and promotional materials. Free (some attractions additional). Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
5Pickleball: An addictive sport that mashes up different rules from tennis, badminton and pingpong, the game with the funny name is a fun sport for people of all ages and skill levels. They play it Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pinellas Park's Forbes Recreation Center on a badminton-sized court with a wiffle ball while players use wooden paddles similar to the ones used in pingpong. It only costs $2-$3 at 8:45 a.m. at the center, 6401 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer