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NEW PORT RICHEY — Chasco Fiesta, the annual 10-day Native American-themed festival in downtown New Port Richey, is being postponed due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
The festival was scheduled to run March 27 to April 4. Its highlights would have been the street parade, a boat parade on the Pithlachascotee River, carnival and major concerts on consecutive Saturdays in Sims Park that were to feature headliners John Michael Montgomery and Brett Michaels.
"The city gave us official word we cannot hold our event right now. We are not canceling, we are postponing. We don’t have a date yet. Obviously this is due to coronavirus,'' said Chasco Fiesta’s executive director Patty Deremer.
"This is a decision not taken lightly by the city or the committee, but it seemed the responsible thing to do,'' said City Council member Peter Altman, a member of Chasco’s executive committee.
Deremer said the committee hoped to reschedule the event for late summer or potentially Labor Day, but no plans have been finalized.
It’s been 27 years since Chasco Fiesta activities didn’t go off as planned. The March 1993 no-name storm that flooded portions of west Pasco forced cancellation of the street parade that year.
Elsewhere, the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce announced it is canceling all events through April 17, including its popular Taste of North Tampa Bay on March 29 and the North Tampa Bay Chamber/Pasco-Hernando State College distinguished women’s leadership breakfast on March 24.
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