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Top things to do in Tampa bay for the week of March 20-26

Wearing rainbow flags as capes, Jasmine Martinez of Tampa, center, and  Naraely Cruz of Tampa, right, dance to the sounds of a drag king's set on stage at the St. Pete Pride Festival Sunday.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Wearing rainbow flags as capes, Jasmine Martinez of Tampa, center, and Naraely Cruz of Tampa, right, dance to the sounds of a drag king's set on stage at the St. Pete Pride Festival Sunday.

Tampa Pride Parade: Led by Tampa Bay's Rainbow Pride Marching Band, the free, pet-friendly parade kicks off from Nuccio Parkway and travels down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City on Saturday. (813) 247-6233. tampapride.org.

Gasparilla International Food Festival: Tampa's most renowned restaurants compete for the Gasparilla International Foodie Award in this taste competition Sunday in Centennial Park. Free admission. (813) 447-8538. cityfestivals.org.

Chasco Fiesta: New Port Richey's nine-day festival and carnival kicks off Friday in Sims Park, featuring a special area for younger children that offers less frightening rides. Free to attend. Wristband for carnival rides $15-$25 (varies by day). (727) 842-6055. chascofiesta.com.

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Thursday, Charlie Wilson and Fantasia play the USF Sun Dome in Tampa ($48.50-$150), while pop singer JoJo hits St. Pete's State Theatre ($25-$28) and Chubby Checker twists through St. Pete's Palladium ($39.50-$49.50). Friday, St. Paul and the Broken Bones play Jannus Live in St. Pete ($25). Sunday, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($35-$57).

The Ten Tenors: The Australian music ensemble that performs classics and reimagined contemporary music plays the Capitol Theatre on Friday ($42-$75). rutheckerdhall.com.

Florida Orchestra: Thursday's Happy Hour Concert is Scheherazade: A Fantasy in Music at Tampa's Straz center ($35). Over the weekend, the Florida Orchestra Pops series performs A Night at the Opera, Friday at the Straz, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($15-$45). floridaorchestra.org.

Drumline Live: Big band sound mixes with marching-band styles Sunday at the Straz ($29-$55). strazcenter.org.

Carrot Top: The comedian known for his red locks and use of props hits the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday ($39.50-$55).

Chazz Palminteri: A Bronx Tale: The actor brings back his original one-man-show that became a film starring Robert DeNiro to the Capitol Theatre on Saturday ($55-$65). rutheckerdhall.com.

Kids and family

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment: Characters from Toy Story, The Little Mermaid and Frozen glide through Tampa's Amalie Arena for seven performances Friday-Sunday ($18-$100). (813) 301-2500. disneyonice.com.

Top things to do in Tampa bay for the week of March 20-26 03/19/17 [Last modified: Monday, March 20, 2017 9:10am]
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