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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 18

Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade: The alcohol-free event welcoming the Gasparilla season includes dance groups, marching bands, krewes, an air invasion, a pyrotechnic show, and yes, BEADS! It starts at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 251-8844.

Festival of Chocolate: A showroom of chocolate vendors, demonstrations, classes and contests, starting at 9 a.m. at MOSI in Tampa. Included with MOSI admission ($21.95, senior $19.95, age 2-12, $17.95); $10 for museum members. Chocolate, classes and select events extra cost. (813) 987-6000.

Treasure Island Kite Fest: A weekend-long show of kites and tricks set to music, starting at 8:30 a.m. behind the Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd. Bring your own kite, too. Free. (727) 320-9463.


Flowers in the Attic, 8 p.m., Lifetime Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn lead the cast of this adaptation of V.C. Andrews' incest-filled novel. Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka also stars.


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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 18 01/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014 9:17pm]
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