Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Things to Do Planner: Gasparilla Children's Parade, WWE Smackdown, Peppa Pig on stage

PINT-SIZED PIRATES: Children's Gasparilla

Before the raucous pirates take over Tampa, Saturday's G-rated Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade brings an alcohol-free day of family activities including a bicycle rodeo at 11 a.m. on Bayshore Boulevard between Rome Avenue and Dakota Street, and a preschooler's stroll at 1:30 p.m. along Bayshore between Howard Avenue and Rome. Then the parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Bayshore at Bay to Bay Boulevard and proceeds north to Edison Avenue with more than 100 units with dance groups, marching bands, Krewes, an air invasion and a pyrotechnic extravaganza of fireworks about 7 p.m. It's free but there's reserved seating for $35-$49. gasparillatreasures.com.

Some tips:

• Pack a snack, water and have cash unless you want to pay high ATM fees. No large coolers or glass containers are allowed, but small, soft-sided coolers or lunch bags can do the job.

• If you get there early, it's less crowded on the water side of Bayshore because later in the day you can no longer cross the street. But keep in mind that restroom access may be limited there. Look for a loo before you drop anchor.

• Stock your backpack with an extra bag or two for the kids to hold all their loot and beads.

• If you have pirate gear from Halloween, wear it. Nothing is too much here.

RING LEADERS: WWE Smackdown

Straight off the much-hyped Royal Rumble, World Wrestling Entertainment returns to Tampa. With top superstars like John Cena, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton out with injuries, that leaves WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, as well as Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose, Diva's Champion Charlotte, Mr. Money-in-the- Bank Sheamus and many more. Match card subject to change until match time at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $20-$115. (813) 301-2500. wwe.com.

PEPPA POWER: Nick Jr. star on stage

One of Nick Jr.'s superstars for the sippy cup set, Peppa Pig, has been turned into a live stage show called Peppa Pig's Big Splash and the popular porcine performer had such strong sell-out shows in her first U.S. tour in 2015 that she's coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall for two shows on Sunday. In the show, the nursery roof has sprung a leak and all the animals scramble to quickly raise money so Mr. Bull can do the repairs. $33.25-$43.25. Shows are at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday at 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

 
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