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Chilly forecast for Children’s Gasparilla Parade

It won’t rival the cold depths of Davy Jones’ locker, but Saturday’s weather will likely shiver the timbers of little pirates attending the Children’s Gasparilla Parade.

A day full of activities along Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard runs from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., climaxing at 3:30 with the parade and fireworks finale.

Participants and those attending might consider dressing in layers as chill will fill the air due to a pair of cold fronts passing through the region late in the week.

The forecast for Saturday calls for sunshine, but the afternoon likely won’t top 60 degrees, with a steady drop in temperature into the 40s after dusk. It will also be breezy — northwest winds as strong as 15 mph — with Saturday morning lows near 40, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday’s event begins at 11 a.m. with vendor and children activities on Bayshore from Bay to Bay Boulevard to Watrous and Orleans avenues. There will also be a bicycle and pedestrian safety rodeo between Rome and Dakota avenues.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the preschooler stroll runs along Bayshore from Bay to Bay to Howard Avenue. At 3 p.m., paratroopers from U.S. Special Operations Command will take part in a Gasparilla Air Invasion.

The 1.4-mile children’s parade begins at 3:30 p.m. at Bay to Bay, ending about 6 at Watrous and Orleans, with the fireworks show scheduled from 7 to 7:30.

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