NEW PORT RICHEY — The Chasco Fiesta continues through Saturday in downtown New Port Richey, and there's still a fair share of festivities to take in.
You're in luck if you love a parade, or if your taste in music leans toward country or the oldies — maybe with a plate of ribs on the side. That would be courtesy of the West Pasco Sertoma Club, which will host its annual barbecue in Sims Park on Friday and Saturday.
Chasco's boat parade is believed to be the oldest in the state, and those who go will want to find an early viewing spot along the Pithlachascotee River or at the Main Street bridge. The parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday in Miller's Bayou and finishes at Sims Park. The theme this year is "All About Music."
Tarpons Springs' own Bertie Higgins, whose Top 10 single Key Largo reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1982, will perform Friday at the Sims Park band shell for a free "Oldies Night" concert that will also feature Jonathan Cortes and Time Bandits.
Headlining Saturday's Country Concert is the "catch 'em before they're really big" country-rock band Parmalee. The band, based out of Nashville, features brothers Matt Thomas (lead vocals, guitar) and Scott Thomas (drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and their longtime friend, Josh McSwain (guitar). The newcomers have been getting some traction recently. Their debut album, Carolina, has gotten good play on country radio stations. They had an appearance on the NBC's Today show, performing their latest hit, Already Callin' You Mine, and in February received an Academy of Country Music nomination for New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year.
Tickets range from $15 to $30.