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Funny man kicks off festival

Comedian Dave Coulier will get things rolling on Friday.

By MARY JANE PARK
Published April 1, 2007


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Comedian Dave Coulier and musicians Eddie Money and Foreigner lead the entertainment lineup for the 86th annual Festival of States.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a St. Petersburg native, will be the grand marshal for the illuminated night parade, which begins at 8 p.m. April 13 and will feature 10 marching bands.

Because of a convergence of public events - the Honda Grand Prix, which ends today, and the last day of Tampa Bay Devil Rays spring training on Saturday - the annual daytime parade took a year off. Otherwise, the number of police required to work all of the venues would have strained city resources, officials have said.

Coulier, who is known for his impersonations, performs at 7:30 Friday in the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N.

Gates open at 4 p.m. April 14 in Vinoy Park for the Foreigner concert with opening guest Eddie Money. The band is best known for 1980s era hits such as Cold as Ice, Hot-Blooded and Feels Like the First Time.

Free shuttle service will be available on Saturday, April 14. Pickup and dropoff locations are at First Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues S; First Street and First Avenue S (the Progress Energy parking lot); First Street just north of First Avenue N (across from the BayWalk parking garage); and the south side of Fifth Avenue, just west of Bayshore Drive NE.

The Suncoasters, a civic group, produces the festival and donates more than $20,000 for scholarship and incentive programs including the Sungoddess and Junior Sungoddess events, the All-County Music Fest and music education programs and the scholastic arts and writing recognition program.

Schedule of events

St. Petersburg Festival of States

Friday, April 6

Comedian Dave Coulier. 7:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N. Opening act Tim Wilkins. $50 VIP tickets with aftershow reception (available only through 321-9888). $10, $15 tickets available at Palladium box office, or 822-3590.

 

Friday, April 13

5K run and festival health fair. 4 to 8 p.m. Fifth Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE. Preregister at www.festivalofstates.com or 321-9888.

Illuminated Night Parade. 8 p.m. Starts at Central Avenue and Fifth Street N, goes along waterfront. Fireworks immediately after parade; concert by Awesome Original Second Time Arounders, in front of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Central Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE.

 

Saturday, April 14

Festival of Pets and Parade. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vinoy Park, Fifth to Seventh avenues at Bayshore Drive NE. Parade applications available at Pet Food Warehouse, Town Plaza, 18th Street and 62nd Ave. N.

Arts and Crafts Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. South Straub Park, First Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE. More than 50 artists. Free.

KidsFest. Noon to 4 p.m., Vinoy Park, Fifth to Seventh avenues at Bayshore Drive NE. American Stage performance of Bunnicula!, Radio Disney FunSquad; Shana Banana; entertainment, games, crafts. Free; some games require ticket purchase.

Foreigner, with opening guest Eddie Money; opening act, the Greg Billings Band. Vinoy Park, Fifth to Seventh avenues at Bayshore Drive NE. Gates open at 4 p.m. $150 VIP tickets include backstage access, autographed CD, food and beverages. $30 reserved seating section. $15 advance. $20 day of show. (Service fee on all tickets.) Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com; (813) 287-8844.

 

Sunday, April 15

Arts and Crafts Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. South Straub Park, First Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE. More than 50 artists. Free.

Information: Call 321-9888.

On the Web: Go to www.festivalofstates.com

[Last modified March 31, 2007, 19:44:17]


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