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Plan your weekend: Easter fun, Tampa Pride parade, Third Eye Blind at Busch Gardens

Tampa Pride This is the second year resurrecting Tampa Pride after more than a decade of fighting politicians and organizational troubles. While St. Pete’s night parade in June remains the largest in the state, Tampa Pride returns with a street festival at 10 a.m. Saturday in Centennial Park, 1800 E 8th Avenue in Ybor City. Vendors will set up alongside dozens of entertainers from Judy B Goode to Shadina Bettis, who will perform on several stages until 4 p.m. The Tampa Pride Parade will be led by grand marshals Russell Rhodes (Fox 13), Lorraine Langlois (CEO of Metro Wellness and Community Center) and celebrity grand marshal Mike Ruiz, a fashion photographer and judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The 90-minute pet-friendly parade kicks off from Nuccio Parkway and travels down E Seventh Avenue to 20th Street at 1 p.m. See tampapride.org for more details. /Eve Edelheit/tbt* (2015)

Parade

Tampa Pride This is the second year resurrecting Tampa Pride after more than a decade of fighting politicians and organizational troubles. While St. Pete’s night parade in June remains the largest in the state, Tampa Pride returns with a street festival at 10 a.m. Saturday in Centennial Park, 1800 E 8th Avenue in Ybor City. Vendors will set up alongside dozens of entertainers from Judy B Goode to Shadina Bettis, who will perform on several stages until 4 p.m. The Tampa Pride Parade will be led by grand marshals Russell Rhodes (Fox 13), Lorraine Langlois (CEO of Metro Wellness and Community Center) and celebrity grand marshal Mike Ruiz, a fashion photographer and judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The 90-minute pet-friendly parade kicks off from Nuccio Parkway and travels down E Seventh Avenue to 20th Street at 1 p.m. See tampapride.org for more details. /Eve Edelheit/tbt* (2015)

Plan your weekend

Holiday

Easter: The Florida Aquarium will have its scuba-diving Easter bunny Friday through Sunday and kids can follow clues to find eggs in a scavenger hunt. Included with admission: $23.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For more Easter events and sunrise services see tampabay.com/holiday.

Date night

Comedy: This weekend brings some fan favorites. Bill Engvall, one of the most popular Blue Collar Comedy Tour guys, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $50.50-$63.40. rutheckerdhall.com. JB Smoove is best known as Leon Black on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, but the veteran comic won a Writer's Guild award for his work on Saturday Night Live. Smoove performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $39-$49. mypalladium.org. Drew Lynch, a first runner up on season 10 of America's Got Talent, stood out as comedian with a stutter. He had a very funny bit about being the voice of a GPS system. He performs at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa, today through Saturday. $20. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Puppets

Moon City: A Tim Burton-style puppet show called Moon City is at the Studio@620 today and Friday. It's about the creation of a theme park in a swamp (sound familiar?). Using moonlit puppets, live projection technology animation and an amusement park as a set, the show follows one man's dream to build a fantasy land. The creators say it "explores the underbelly of childhood nostalgia with the disappointed eyeballs of adulthood," so it's not a kiddie show. It comes from Miniature Curiosa, a Pittsburgh-based theater troupe that creates Vaudevillian style "puppet spectacles" that tour the United States. $10-$15 at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. today and Friday. (727) 895-6620. t hestudioat620.org.

Stage

Cleave: A self-described prophet sees the end of the world coming. This new play by Vicki Peterson delves into the stresses caused for a closely knit group in preparing for the worst. A joint production of Lab Theater Project and Stageworks Theatre, Cleave explores "the dangers of blind faith and turning men into idols," said producer Owen Robertson, who founded the Lab Theater Project. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. Sundays, through April 3, at the Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 300-3585.

Food

Strawberry U-Pick: Take advantage of living near the strawberry capital of the East coast. On Saturday you can get some late-season strawberries for next to nothing, and help the Hillsborough County 4-H and area food banks. It will be 50 cents per quart at Fancy Farms, County Line Road, Plant City. (813) 477-8332. It runs 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Concert

Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire: At Saturday's co-headlining show in Tampa, both bands will play a couple of songs together, then do individual headlining sets, then reunite for an all-star finale. Show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $18.95 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

Theme park

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Fest

The festival continues and Saturday brings Chino y Nacho, a Latin pop duo who are superstars in their native Venezuela. Sunday brings Third Eye Blind, the vastly underrated '90s rockers, to deliver new songs from 2015's Dopamine and, hopefully, plenty of old material, too — maybe Motorcycle Drive By from 1997's Third Eye Blind, Crystal Baller from 2003's Out of the Vein or Bonfire from 2009's Ursa Major. The band is playing Bonnaroo in June, a testament to the quality and nostalgic punch of their music. Both concerts start at 6 p.m. in Gwazi Park, and are included with park admission. buschgardens.com.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend: Easter fun, Tampa Pride parade, Third Eye Blind at Busch Gardens 03/23/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 3:46pm]
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