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Diversions

Let the festivities begin

By SHARON KENNEDY WYNNE
Published April 12, 2007


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The Festival of States strikes up the band in St. Petersburg this weekend with hometown boy Gov. Charlie Crist as the grand marshal of the illuminated night parade on Friday and concerts by Eddie Money and Foreigner on Saturday. The Harvey's 4th Street Grill 1-mile and 5K run kicks things off at 6 p.m. Friday, and the night parade begins at 8; 10 marching bands start at Central Avenue and Fifth Street N and head along the waterfront. Fireworks immediately follow.

The festival then takes up residence Saturday in Vinoy Park at Fifth Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE, with a pet parade at 9 a.m.; an arts and crafts show; and KidsFest, starting at noon, with Radio Disney, inflatables and stage shows. For concertgoers, gates open at 4 p.m. for the Foreigner show, with opening guest Eddie Money. Tickets are $30 reserved seating section, $15 advance and $20 day of show. (727) 321-9888 or www.festivalofstates.com.

[Last modified April 11, 2007, 11:11:02]


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