Today's protests, downtown events at the RNC
Thursday's permitted public gatherings, parades and downtown events at the Republican National Convention in Tampa: Parades: Public Gatherings: Speakers Platform (located at the intersection of Caesar & Walton Streets):Downtown events: "They Come to America," screening: Documentary explores the human and financial costs of illegal immigration; 1 p.m. Thursday; free; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa; reserve a seat at theycometoamerica.com. RNC Watch Party: Get swept up in GOP fever at this gathering to watch presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech; young political leaders, journalists and elected officials are expected to attend this event that is open to the public; 7 p.m. Thursday; free; University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S., St. Petersburg; (727) 873-4985. "Follow the Leader" screening: Debut of Jonathan Goodman Levitt's documentary about the coming-of-age story of three boys with dreams of being president; includes appearances by the former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Michael Dukakis and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. John McCain; 1 p.m. Thursday (doors open at noon); $8; Tampa Improv, 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa. "The Daily Show" taping: Tickets are long gone for the Comedy Central fake news program's visit to Tampa for the RNC, but you might see host Jon Stewart or his guests walk into the venue; 6 p.m. taping (get there early); The Straz Center, 1010 MacInnes Place, Tampa.