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Join the Guava-scene

By Kelly Smith, Entertainment Editor
Published October 17, 2007


Basically Guavaween is an excuse to be stupid and raunchy while stumbling around in disguise. Brilliant! No wonder the annual freakfest will draw nearly 100,000 people to the blocked-off streets of Ybor City on Oct. 27.

But remember, there are essentially two Guavaweens:

Family FunFest: Dress up the little kiddos in awwww-some costumes for trick-or-treating, story time, activities, pumpkin giveaway and the costume parade and contest. Runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $5 at www.cc-events.org/gw/ .

Night of Costumed Revelry: This is for adults who aren't afraid to party. Hard. There's live music on multiple stages, a costume contest with cash prizes and the main event of debauchery, the Mama Guava Stumble Parade. Emphasis on "stumble." The parade starts at Seventh Avenue and 20th Street at 8 p.m. The R-rated fun starts anytime after the kiddies leave and runs until 3 a.m. $15 online at www.cc-events.org/gw/ .

Live bands

We couldn't make up better names:

More TV-32 Stage: Genitorturers, Deadstar Assembly, Area 51, Gonzo Boccio

98 Rock Stage: Hellyeah, Nonpoint, Skindred, Karnivool

95.7 The Beat Stage: Naughty By Nature, Chubb Rock, UTFO

Get there

You can take a shuttle for $10 round trip; $25 includes admission and round-trip service. Catch the bus at Florida State Fairgrounds, Raymond James Stadium, the Renaissance Festival Parking Lot in the USF area and Wagon Wheel Flea Market in Pinellas Park. The Streetcar will have extended hours until 4:30 a.m.

More information: www.cc-events.org/gw/