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Chasco Fiesta 2013: Street Parade, Rock 'N' Roll on Today's Schedule

There's fun for the whole family to be found in downtown New Port Richey today, April 6.

Chasco Fiesta is here.

Want to know what’s on the schedule for today?

Here’s our rundown.

For a schedule of all the activities planned or the nine-day festival, see Patch’s full event rundown.

·       Chasco Fiesta Street Parade

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Main Street, New Port Richey

Why go? It’s billed as the second largest street parade in the Tampa Bay area. The event will feature 147 units, among them 40 professional floats. The theme of this year’s parade is the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on the east coast of Florida.

·       Chasco Fiesta Main Street Mile

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Runs along the Chasco Fiesta Street Parade route

Want to sign up? Register at www.bigdawgrunnin.com.

·       Cotee River Lions Club Breakfast

Time: 8 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Location: Sims Park, New Port Richey

·       Chasco Fiesta Flea Market and Arts and Crafts Village

Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Opens Saturday and continues Sunday, April 7

Location: Parking lot at the corner of Circle Blvd. and Central Ave, New Port Richey

Why go? Find local vendors at the market hosted by the Anclote High School Band Boosters

·       Junior Service League Children’s Village

Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: Sims Park, New Port Richey

Why go? Arts and crafts and face painting activities for kids abound.

·       Live Music: Rock ‘N’ Roll Tribute in The Park

Time: 1 p.m.-11 p.m.

Location: Sims Park, New Port Richey

Why go? The concert features: Led-Hed, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, as the headliner. Also appearing will be Crossroads (an Eric Clapton tribute band), the Embry Brothers Band, Eric Anderson band and Three Guilty Pleasures Band. See Chasco website for band appearance times.

·       Chasco Fiesta Native American Pow Wow and Festival

Time:  10 a.m. -9 p.m.

Location: Sims Park, Downtown New Port Richey

Why go? Visit a festival featuring American Indian dancing, instructional demonstrations, wildlife displays and artists, vendors and craftsmen.   See the Chasco website for a full line-up of Pow Wow events.

·       Chasco Fiesta Carnival

Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Location:  Bank Street, New Port Richey

Wristband costs: Mon-Thurs:  $15, Fri-Sun: $20 

Why go: Fun abounds with Midway rides and games, complete with a special area with rides for small children.  

·       West Pasco Sertoma Beef BBQ

Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Location: Sims Park, New Port Richey

Why go?  It’s a tasty barbecue in which more than 15,000 pounds of beef will be served.

Paula York April 06, 2013 at 12:55 PM
As a homeowner in the downtown area I dread the Chasco Fiesta. I have to endure people trashing my property, parking any where they choose and if you say anything to them they curse you. I have noise to all hours of the night preventing me from getting any sleep. The drunks and amateurs are milling about the neighborhood making it feel unsafe to be outside. No I do not look forward to this event. I think people can still have fun without disrespecting our downtown residents. I have talked with some of my neighbors and they feel the same way. I think the event would do better if it were only a week end event and not consuming 2 weekends.
Patricia Houghtalen April 06, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Love the Chasco Fiesta rode on a float for 3 years otherwise always on the sidelines watching ever since I moved to New Port Richey. Will be at a booth inside the Flea Market area this year as a volunteer , see you there.
Nancy MacDonald April 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I have to say I do not care for the problems this event brings. Feel sorry for those who live around orange circle and hear that thumping thumping of bands. I would plan a vacation to Sanibel Island during that week or go up to the panhandle. Peace and quiet and no rowdies who are having "fun".
m carlisle April 06, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I would rather hear the thumping of music bass than the thumping of gun fire like I usually have to listen to. Sorry to hear some disrespectful people are ruining a good event. Just be glad you don't live somewhere like Dunedin where they have events almost every weekend and every conceivable holiday. I would suggest looking at the event as a positive thing for the town in general. Try to find something in the event you can enjoy.
SeriousFun April 06, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Move If you dont like It
Christy J April 06, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Dealing with the festival noise and crowds is the price you pay for living near Sims Park. Personally, I love the downtown festivals, and I think the area would benefit from more of them, as long as the city is organized about it. I used to be a vendor at the festivals, but the extreme disorganization and unfairness to vendors made my business partner and I decide to discontinue it. I am thrilled that they have finally eliminated the ridiculous food coupon system. My only complaint currently has nothing to do with the event itself but with the attendees. It seems the sole purpose for anyone's parade attendance these days is bead hoarding. It wasn't that long ago that people went to parades to enjoy the parade, not to stand roadside and beg incessantly for strings of worthless plastic pellets. The kids next to us today did nothing for the entire parade except scream "BEADS! BEADS! BEADS!"
Kim Parker April 06, 2013 at 11:18 PM
If you don't like it then maybe you should move it's a thought. Also I did not see any of the homes blocking off the property but you really did not have to because from what I saw no one was trespassing.
Jon Tietz April 07, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Paula, I agree wholeheartedly. The Chasco has lost its identity as a family event. I'd like to see the parade scaled back to a family event and rigorous enforcement of the open container laws. Another note is the financial and business impact of the Chasco. Two years ago the almost two week event cost the city almost $90,000. This year and last year that amount has been severely trimmed back out of necessity. I'd like to see us work with other event coordinators in the city like NPR Main Street to promote events that better suit the "identity" of New Port Richey as one cohesive plan to restore both the Chasco's and New Port Richey's reputation as family-friendly. Whether true or not there is a perception of NPR and the Chasco that it is dangerous and that it is populated by drunks. We should do everything in our power to fix this and as a marketing professional I understand this need. Those who tell you "Don't like it: move" are simply wrong. That is not the approach we should take. The city should address your concerns and take actions to curb behaviors at these events that we don't endorse.
kathy tsioukan April 07, 2013 at 01:12 PM
I attended the parade yesterday, It was fun , but I find the biggest problem was the Parents allowing their children to jump the barriers and stand in the street to catch the beads, Not only stand in the street but run in front of floats in between marching bands, The NPR police passed by so many times without any regard to the kids in the streets, their were a few police officers who tried to get them to go back but quickly gave up,Most participants in the parade basically rewarded these kids for their bad behavior by giving them more beads which only encouraged more kids to go into the street. AGAIN IT IS THE PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN SAFE, do they really think the beads are worth the risk of their child getting injured, Not everybody but most people love the thrill of catching the beads , I myself included .But the parade security really needs to focus on keeping these kids behind the barriers instead of just joy riding in their golf carts.
Rob Marlowe April 07, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Great cars at today's car show around Orange Lake.... Even if the '72 Super Beetle had '73 tail lights. <grin>
Brian April 08, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Rednecks doing redneck things. Get rid of the,alcohol and see how many people show up.. Losers....

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