Chasco Fiesta is carnival of culture, tradition
NEW PORT RICHEY - Chasco Fiesta, a multiday festival that has become a West Pasco tradition, began Friday and will continue through April 13 with a carnival, Native American powwow and downtown parade. Most Chasco Fiesta events take place within or near downtown New Port Richey’s Sims Park. Two new events added last year will return this year: a pet adoption fair and youth music showcase with performances from local students. Here are some highlights:
The Chasco Festival Carnival, adjacent to Sims Park on Bank Street. The midway has an area featuring children’s rides.
The Native American Powwow and Festival takes place in Sims Park through Sunday. American Indian dancers from across the country will participate in various styles of dancing, including a Grand Entry and a Warrior on Horseback presentation. There also will be Native American vendors.
Chasco Fiesta Street Parade will be held today in downtown New Port Richey. Join the Suncoast’s second-largest street parade, organized by the Holiday Rotary Club. The theme for this year is Viva FL 500, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Florida.
Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade, April 13, which takes place on the Pithlachascotee River, from Millers Bayou, in Port Richey, to Sims Park. This year the theme is “Celebrate Your Passion,” and the grand prize for the best boat-float is $2,500.
Pet Adoption Fair, April 13, at Orange Lake Park. Locally rescued animals will be at the Chasco Fiesta Pet Adoption Fair, along with information on how to help and pet-related vendors.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.chascofiesta.com.