Make us your home page
Instagram

Things to Do Planner: Gasparilla Children's Parade, comics George Lopez, Margaret Cho

LITTLE PIRATES: Gasparilla Children's Parade

The G-rated, alcohol-free Gasparilla Children's Parade welcomes Tampa's pirate season Saturday. Pint-sized pirates 5 and younger can join the Preschooler's Stroll (1:30-2:30 p.m.). You will see elaborately decorated wagons on the half-mile strut, some with wee pirate ships and real smoke. There's also a bicycle safety rodeo (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), and an air invasion at 2:45 and 6:15 p.m. with the U.S. Special Operations Command team parachuting onto Bayshore Boulevard near Howard Avenue. The parade steps off at 3:30 p.m. with more than 100 units, krewes and dance groups, and the day ends with huge pyrotechnic show at 7 p.m. timed to music. A few tips: No coolers or glass containers. Bring some extra bags for the kids to hold their loot (and hand sanitizer). The parade is free, but you can purchase bleacher seats online for $35. The parade starting point is Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa. gasparillapiratefest.com.

PRAISE THE LARD: St. Pete Beer and Bacon Festival

Local chefs and restaurants cook up their best bacon creations for tasting ($2-$4 plate charge), and more than 80 beers from local and regional breweries will be pouring at the St. Pete Beer and Bacon Festival. Try brews from Rapp Brewing, 3 Daughters, Hidden Springs Ale Works and more. The music lineup includes Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, Damon Fowler and the Greg Billings Band. The family-friendly fest features bounce houses and kids zone, and leashed pets are welcome. General admission: $15 advance, $20 day of (food/drink additional); beer tasting admission: $35 advance, $40 day of (includes beer only); VIP: $75 (food extra); 10 and younger free. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. stpetebeerandbacon.com.

COMICS: Comedy Get Down, Lisa Lampanelli, Margaret Cho

Maybe our balmy January weather has something to do with it, but some of the best comics working will be swinging through the Tampa Bay area this weekend:

The Comedy Get Down at Amalie Arena on Friday brings comics George Lopez, top left, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, bottom left, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy all teaming up for a blockbuster package tour at 8 p.m. Friday. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.50-$86.50. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

Margaret Cho has had a varied career as a standup comic, actor (including on her own ABC sitcom All-American Girl), fashion designer, author and even singer-songwriter. Cho is working on her latest standup set with four shows Friday and Saturday at the Improv in Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Lisa Lampanelli earned her nickname the "Queen of Mean" for her searing takedowns on celebrity roasts and on Howard Stern's radio show, where he called her "a brilliant comedy mind who'll steal the show every time." 8 p.m. Saturday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. $45-$55. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

Things to Do Planner: Gasparilla Children's Parade, comics George Lopez, Margaret Cho 01/18/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:39am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: SNL's Pete Davidson, Rodeo Fest, Disney Halloween party

    Events

    USF ROUND-UP: Pete Davidson

    Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will headline this year's University of South Florida Round-Up Comedy Show, a back-to-school tradition at USF. Davidson revealed in March the reason he had "kinda been missing" for a spell last season on SNL was …

    Characters parade down Main Street, U.S.A in Mickey’s Boo-to You Halloween Parade during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.
  2. In honor of Ed Sheeran's Tampa show, 5 more underrated redheads

    Music & Concerts

    “Is Ed Sheeran sexy?"

    Jay Cridlin, our pop music/culture critic, was on the phone with singer James Blunt, who is opening for Sheeran at Amalie Arena on Tuesday. But Jay could have been talking to anyone.

    Eddie Redmayne
  3. Prep meals for a week with tacos, pork tenderloin and rosemary chicken

    Cooking

    Some see a resemblance to Japan's popular bento boxes. Some just call it meal prepping. And some prefer to think of it as bringing lunch to work in Tupperware containers.

    For simple meal prep, you can’t go wrong with this classic: ground beef tacos, black beans and homemade Spanish rice.
  4. 'Swag Surfin' producer: 'It's very weird… they're still playing the song' eight years later

    Music & Concerts

    TAMPA

    Kevin Erondu doesn't often go to night clubs. Yet, across America, he drives people to the dance floor. He's 31 years old, but he still has the ear of college students, and while he's no pro athlete, they leap to their feet when he joins them in the gym.

    Originally from Dade City, music producer Kevin Erondu, 31, rose to prominence after creating the beat to Swag Surfin’, a 2009 club hit that still inspires viral videos today.
  5. 5 things to do under $5: Type artists, shuffleboard, toy train show, Wildflower Walk

    Events

    1 Letterheads Typefest: The muralists who run Illsol Space, a gallery in Tampa Heights, said their respect for handmade fonts and sign painting techniques moved them to curate this exhibit featuring type-based muralists, hand-style lettering designers, sign painters, letterpress studios and type designers. …

    Colm O’Connor, a Dublin sign writer, is among the 22 artists featured in the Letterheads Typefest exhibit at the Illsol Space gallery.