BOAT PARADES: Deck the hulls
We may not have snow for Christmas, but we've got an armada of boat parades coming our way. There are six boat parades in the Tampa Bay area this weekend and more coming later. Tarpon Springs is making time before and after for a downtown festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday with carriage rides, a snow play area and visits with Santa. The parade ships out at 8 p.m. at Craig Park, 100 Beekman Way. The other boat parades this week are:
• St. Pete Beach, 6 p.m. Friday, Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.
• Alafia Lighted Boat Parade, 5 p.m. Saturday, Williams Park Boat Ramp, 9425 U.S. 41 S, Riverview.
• Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Saturday, Edgewater Park, 51 Main St.
• Pasco River Lights Boat Parade, 6:30 p.m. Saturday ending in Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey.
• Pass-a-Grille Boat Parade and Holiday Festival, 5 p.m. Saturday, departs at dusk from Merry Pier, 801 Pass-a-Grille Way
For more upcoming parades, see tampabay.com/holiday and Page 8.
MOTOR MANIA: Flashy cars, splashy boats
Big boats and fast cars are competing for the attention of motor heads across Tampa Bay this weekend. First, the boats. The St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show, the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, is at the yacht basin next to Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The show features an impressive selection of power boats and sailboats both in the water and on land. It also has a huge, 40,000-square-foot tent set up showing off all types of marine gear, and there will be youth fishing clinics at the park, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $16, free for kids 15 and younger. facebook.com/StPeteBoatShow.
And over at the Tampa Convention Center, 350 of the hottest new cars and trucks are on display for the Tampa Bay International Auto Show. The show will have test drives as well as a variety of vehicles on display from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $12, $5 for seniors and military and free for children age 12 and younger. autoshowtampa.com.
FUN RUNS:SILLY 5Ks
With all the rich holiday meals and Christmas cookies headed our way, it helps to have some fun 5Ks this weekend. Instead of plodding along, you can leap through an inflatable obstacle course, dash through multihued clouds or chase a giant dreidel down the street.
Runners will race through poofs of pigment in the Color Run in Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater, at 9 a.m. Saturday. Wear white and you'll cross the finish line looking like a kaleidoscope. $39-$59 at thecolorrun.com.
Like a kid's birthday party on steroids, the Insane Inflatable Run at the Florida State Fairgrounds is open to anyone at least 42 inches tall for an untimed course of inflatable obstacles, including giant slides and tunnels. It's more like a mad house of bouncing than a run from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $60-$100. insaneinflatable5k.com.
How fast does a dreidel move? Find out at the Chase the Dreidel Run as runners chase a guy in a dreidel costume down the street. There will be a free bounce house, a Diaper Dreidel Dash and a potato pancake after-party to get ready for Hanukkah season. It starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at Congregation B'nai Israel, 300 58th St. N, St. Petersburg. $36 advance, $45 day of. (727) 648-6545. tinyurl.com/chasethedreidel.