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Snow in St. Pete? At annual Snowfest, there is


Published:   |   Updated: December 7, 2013 at 09:13 PM

ST. PETERSBURG — Families got to briefly enjoy the novelty of making snowballs and going sledding at Straub Park in 80 degree weather Saturday without the hassle of real winter storms that are battering other parts of the country.

The city hauled in mounds of bonafide snow for its annual Snowfest this weekend, which coincided with a parade through downtown with elves, poodles in sleighs and, of course, Santa Claus.

In the next two weeks leading up to Christmas, there will be boat parades, caroling and lots of holiday shopping in cities across Pinellas County.

Many cities will host their own parades and festivities during the next week. Here are a few of them:

St. Petersburg

Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes

3 to 8 p.m. today

A tour of eight decorated homes with carolers and bell choirs performing throughout the neighborhood

Check-in at Westminster Palm View, 939 Beach Drive N.E.

2013 Rotary Club of St. Petersburg Illuminated Boat Parade

6 p.m. Saturday

Annual boat parade from the Vinoy Basin waterfront

Downtown St. Petersburg

Gulfport

Gulfport’s Holiday Hoopla!

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Holiday music, carolers, dance and roving street performers

3129 Beach Blvd. S.

Clearwater

Memorial Holiday Boat Parade

6:30 p.m. Saturday

Clearwater boaters will light up their vessels and sail along Coachman Park

301 Drew St.

Dunedin

Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade

4 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Horse-drawn carriages, train rides, games, holiday music and photos with Santa in downtown Dunedin.

Main Street

Tarpon Springs

Christmas Parade and Christmas Stroll

10 a.m. Saturday

A festive parade through the city followed by a candy cane hunt for kids, a wine walk for adults and other activities.

Downtown Tarpon Springs

Largo

Winter Wonderland

6 to 8 p.m. Friday

Shave ice snowballs, winter crafts, smores by the campfire at George C. McGough Nature Park.

11901 146th St. N

Trees and Traditions

Ongoing during Heritage Village hours

Music, special holiday gifts and visits from Santa Claus at the Heritage Village in Largo

11909 125th St. N.

jboatwright@tampatrib.com

(727) 215-1277

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