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Looking for something to do? There's still plenty going on at Chasco Fiesta

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.

If you go

The Chasco Fiesta runs through Saturday in downtown New Port Richey. For information and a complete schedule, go to chascofiesta.com. Here are some highlights:

West Pasco Sertoma Club Barbecue: Now in its 45th year, this event is held over two weekends in Sims Park, with proceeds benefiting the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida. Hours for this weekend are from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Featuring barbecued pulled pork, pork ribs and chicken. Tickets are $9 in advance or $10 at the event. For tickets, contact Jeff Montgomery at (727) 457-4140. Tickets are also available at the Trinity Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and at Master Mechanics in downtown New Port Richey.

Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, New Port Richey. For information and a registration form, go to chascofiesta.com/golf-tournament.html.

Special Olympics Fun Run/Walk: 8 a.m. Saturday at New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Proceeds provide year-round competition for individuals with disabilities. Register at tbtim.es/yga.

Chalk Art Festival: The streets of New Port Richey's Railroad Square become a paved palette from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade: The parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday in Miller's Bayou and ends at Sims Park.

The Covanta Chasco Fiesta Carnival: Through Saturday on Bank Street in New Port Richey. Hours are from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The carnival features games and rides for all ages. Wristband prices range from $15 to $25, depending on the day.

Music in the Park

Oldies Night, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday with local legend Bertie Higgins, Jonathan Cortes and Time Bandits. Free.

Country Concert, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday with Parmalee, Chris Lane and Redhead Express. Tickets are $15 and $25 in advance; $20 and $30 the day of the show. Tickets may be purchased at the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, 5442 Main St., New Port Richey; the Trinity Odessa Chamber of Commerce, 2553 Merchant Ave., Odessa; Synovus Bank Port Richey, 6435 Ridge Road, Port Richey; Synovus Bank Trinity, 10820 State Road 54, Trinity or online at

chascofiesta.com.

Looking for something to do? There's still plenty going on at Chasco Fiesta 04/05/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 6:33pm]
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