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Seminole opens its doors for the annual Pow Wow Festival
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The 46th Annual Pow Wow Festival offers a variety of family fun, Friday through Saturday, March 7-9, including a carnival, live music and two parades.
SEMINOLE - The 46th Annual Pow Wow Festival offers a variety of family fun, Friday through Saturday, March 7-9, including a carnival, live music and two parades.

The festival and carnival midway opens at 5 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St., Seminole. Unlimited rides are available for a $20 armband. Rebekah Reid performs on the main stage from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by Troy Duncan Band from 8:30 to 11 p.m. The midway closes at 11.

The fun starts early Saturday, March 8, with the Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole’s 33rd annual Pancake Day from 7 to 11 a.m. in the Recreation Center auditorium. Breakfast will include all the pancakes you can eat in two different flavors, a choice of toppings, sausage and beverage (fresh orange juice, coffee, or milk). Tickets for the breakfast are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5 to 10 years old. Children 4 and younger eat free. Tickets can be purchased at First Home Bank in Seminole by contacting Charlene Jasmin at 399-5602, or at the door.

Due to the closure of 113th Street beginning at 9:30 a.m. for the Pow Wow Parade, the public will be able to access the Pancake Day event via the Ridge Road gate entrance on the west side of St. Petersburg College. Parking for the event is free and available at the adjacent St. Petersburg College and Seminole Community Library. A golf cart shuttle service to the main entrance will be provided (donations welcomed).

Learn about the city’s early days at the Seminole Historical Society’s display during the Pow Wow Festival. The mini-museum will be on display at the Howard G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N., Saturday, March 8, 8 to 11 a.m. The society will set up maps, charts, historical objects and a collection of memorabilia, all of which will eventually find its way into the planned museum.

The midway opens at 10 a.m., offering unlimited rides with a $20 armband.

This year, the Seminole Pow Wow is teaming up with Bark Life to present the first-ever Bow Wow Parade. The dog-friendly event kicks-off the annual Pow Wow Parade Saturday, March 8.

Dogs and their owners will line up between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at the Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. The parade, which will walk up 113th Street toward the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center auditorium, 9100 113th St. N., will begin at 9:50 a.m. and be over by about 10:30 a.m.

The official Pow Wow Parade begins at 10 a.m. Parade director Duane Crandall said this year’s event includes about 75 units, as it did last year. Both the Seminole High School and Osceola Fundamental High School marching bands will march and perform along the route.

Parade spectators should arrive by 9:15 a.m., as 113th Street will be closed promptly at 9:30 a.m. All spectators are asked to view the parade from the east side of 113th Street and avoid the center median.

As in the past, throwing of beads and other items from parade units is strictly prohibited. Freebies must be handed out by parade participants along the route.

The entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. with Frank Cannon taking the stage, followed by Sean and the Riders from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Arthur Z Band performs from 6 to 8 p.m. with the headliners Sounds of Soul playing from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

A firework’s spectacular at 9 p.m. rounds out Saturday’s activities. The midway closes at 11 p.m.

The midway opens one last time at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 9. A children’s extravaganza and family fun day take up most of the day from noon to 6 p.m. One of the highlights of each year’s Pow Wow Festival is the Kiwanis Club of Seminole’s fire truck pull, Pulling for Kids. This year the annual event is from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N., south parking lot. Teams of either six to eight adults or 10 to 12 teens compete against one another in the pull. Winners will be determined by time over a measured distance.

The midway closes at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.powwowfestival.com or call 391-8345.
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