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Weekend best bets

Here are sone great ideas.

Published March 10, 2006

Mudbugs and washboards

The crawfish crop was hit hard by drought and then hurricane last year, but organizers of the annual Cajun-Zydeco Crawfish Festival today through Sunday say they have managed to round up thousands of pounds of mudbugs and other Louisiana specialties. Plus there's lots of music from the bayou. The festival is in Vinoy Park on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront from 5 to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 today and Sunday, $15 Saturday or $30 for a weekend pass. Kids free. www

Parade of leprechauns

St. Patrick's Day is a week away, but the Rough Riders of Tampa celebrate early with the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday. The lighted float and leprechauns step off at 8 p.m. at Nick Nuccio Parkway and Fourth Avenue in Ybor City and move north to Seventh Avenue, then east to 20th Street. 813 248-1898. Free.

3 rings to amuse them all

Those who pine for the traditional three-ring circus under the Big Top can turn to the Egypt Shrine Circus today through Sunday. Shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the south parking area of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. $12, $6 children. Free parking. (813) 886-5050.

Cool berries, hot acts

The Florida Strawberry Festival wraps up this weekend with headline concerts by Jo Dee Messina today, Rhonda Vincent on Saturday and Trace Adkins and Big and Rich on Sunday. Reserved concert seating is $10-$15; limited free seats available. Festival admission is $9 adults, $5 ages 6-12. The festival grounds are in Plant City, off Interstate 4, exit 19. $10-$25. (813) 754-1996.

Hip-hop fest kixxx off

Wildsplash, the annual festival of hip-hop and rap, kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Clearwater's waterfront Coachman Park. This year's headliners: Bubba Sparxxx, T.I., Elephant Man, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Dem Franchise Boyz and Ne-Yo. $18 advance, $30 day of show. (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

- WILMA NORTON, Times staff writer


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