Seminole High School’s marching band is participating in the parade again this year.
SEMINOLE - Final preparations have been made for the 2013 Pow Wow Festival parade, which will roll down 113th Street on Saturday, March 9 shortly after the Tropical Trot Flip-Flop Run, which starts at 10 a.m.
Parade director Duane Crandall said this year’s event includes about 75 units as it did a year ago. Both the Seminole and Osceola high school bands will march the route from the Seminole Mall down 113th Street to St. Petersburg College.
This year’s theme is “Support Our Troops.”
Crandall said parade participants should arrive by 9 a.m. to the staging area on Johnson Boulevard. He said the intersection of Johnson and Seminole boulevards, as well as 113th Street, will be shut down at 9:30 a.m. Those areas will remain closed till 12:30 p.m.
Traffic from the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast at the Seminole Recreation Center will be funneled out of the recreation center to the Seminole library parking lot and northbound onto 113th Street.
Spectators are asked to watch the parade on the east curb of 113th Street and avoid viewing from the median.
As in past years, the throwing of beads will not be allowed by parade participants, Beads can only be handed out by parade participants along the route.
Inaugural fun run adds excitement
Organizers of the city’s annual Pow Wow Festival have added a new feature this year that they hope will attract larger numbers to the annual parade and festival.
Prior to the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, there will be the inaugural Tropical Trot Flip-Flop Run – a 1-mile fun run down 113th Street from the Seminole Mall to the Seminole Recreation Center at 9100 113th St.
“It’s always good to add new things,” said Recreation director Becky Gunter. “You always want to get better so people don’t say it’s the same old carnival again.”
Runners are encouraged to dress up in tropical attire, the crazier the better.
Prizes will be handed out for the best costume and the best team costume.
Leading the way will be a number of area sports mascots, including the Tampa Bay Rays’ Raymond, Clearwater Threshers’ Phinley, the Chick-fil-A cow and others.
Registration for the event will take place at the Recreation Center. The entry fee for the short sprint is $5.
Call 391-8345 for further details.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Support Our Troops.” All participants are being asked to incorporate it.