Plan your weekend
Parade time: We have loads of parades to choose from this weekend, on both land and sea. The Snow on 7th Holiday Parade brings floats, marching bands and Santa to Ybor on Saturday all while snowflakes fall on Seventh Avenue. Pre-parade activities start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Centro Ybor. On the other side of the bay the same day, the Pinellas Park Holiday Parade brings bands and floats down Park Boulevard to the Shoppes at Park Place starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. And boat parades both nautical and nice float along this weekend. Get in place by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for parades at Madeira Beach, downtown St. Petersburg, Clearwater's Coachman Park, Gulfport, Apollo Beach and Tarpon Springs. And on Sunday the Friends of the River host a parade in Seminole Heights with decorated kayaks, canoes and traditional watercraft off the Lowry Park boat ramp. You can find those and more holiday events online at tampabay.com/holiday.
Holiday Sizzle Sundial Style Fashion Show: The runway got rained out a couple weeks ago, but the fashion show in St. Petersburg's Sundial shopping center has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, hosted by Heather Thomson, fashion designer and former cast member of the Real Housewives of New York City. Actor and St. Petersburg resident Eugenie Bondurant — who played Tigris in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 — will participate. Models, local celebs and Rowdies players will don fashions from Sundial retailers. Free. Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 800-3201.
Jingle bell rock
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: With two shows Sunday at Tampa's Amalie Arena, this year's holiday tour is based on The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. But the songs they play are almost secondary to the sprawling, pyro-laden shows they put on. Shows are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $33 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.
Winter Wonder Ride with DJ Jazzy Jeff: It promises to be one of the biggest organized bike rides in the Tampa Bay area on Saturday when the fifth annual Winter Wonder Ride attracts thousands of do-gooders to put on pointy ears, slip on a pair of curly shoes and elf up for a bike ride through downtown Tampa before returning to Curtis Hixon Park for a post-ride celebration featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff. Proceeds will help buy bikes and helmets for at-risk and foster kids. You don't have to ride a bike, but it's $50 for bike registration; $10 for post-ride at onbikes.org. A limited number of bikes are available for rent. There will be food from local restaurants including Ducky's, Bavaro's, Square 1 Burger, Buddy Brew, Fitlife and Louis Pappas at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 2 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
The 39 Steps: Based on the book by John Buchan and movie by Alfred Hitchcock, four actors play 150 characters in this murder mystery mixed with comedy. The show has been extended through Dec. 18. Tickets are $29-$59, $20 students. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org. 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Old Blue Eyes
WMNF's Frank Sinatra tribute: The legendary Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 this Saturday, and local artists including Ronny Elliott, Talk to Mark, the Sara Rose Band and Funny Bunny will put their spins on Sinatra classics like Come Fly With Me, Strangers in the Night, Summer Wind and I've Got You Under My Skin. Want a preview? Saturday's show begins at 7 p.m. at Skipper's, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666. wmnf.org.
Carrot Top: The 50-year-old Florida native has ridden silly prop comedy to entertainment superstardom and a lucrative residency at the Luxor in Las Vegas. Carrot Top is comedy's perpetual punchline, but that won't stop fans from coming to his first Tampa Bay show in at least a decade. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater at 7:30 p.m., 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Tour de Clay: This annual event coming up Saturday and Sunday brings ceramic artists to band together at four pottery studios to demonstrate, explain, show their work and, hopefully, sell it to you. Tour de Clay's 25 artists from near and far represent a wide variety of artwork at studios in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Progressive kiln openings Saturday produce new work fresh out of the oven. If you visit all the studios, have your Passport to Pottery stamped at each to be eligible for ceramic prizes. All studios are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with San Antonio Pottery open to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For a map, more information and examples of the artists' work (which is fabulous) go to tampatourdeclay.com.
Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] or (727) 893-8595. Follow @SharonKWn.