Barbara Ann Kelley,

If you live on the Pinellas side of the Bay and are looking for something close by to do with the family, look no further. St. Petersburg is holding a Holiday Festival and Chili Cook-off starting at noon on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

This event will be held at Spa Beach next to Pier in downtown St Petersburg and is leading up to the Illuminated Boat Parade at 6:10 p.m..

The festival will have live music by Tropical Depression, Motel Funk, Troy Duncan Band, Brother Brownlow and No Money Down. There will also be the St. Pete Chili Challenge featuring chili samples by area restaurants.

Radio Sponsor Play 98.7 will broadcast live from the event, provide a great selection today’s hits between bands and distribute free promotional items throughout the day and night.

A wide selection of fun children’s activities will be available throughout the day courtesy of Play 98.7, TASCO and The Parent Guide.

The event include food trucks: Wicked ‘Wiches, Freshley’s Cafe, The Cuppin Cake, Michelle Faedo’s on The Go, Flying Sliders, La Creperia Cafe’s “Crepes to Go”, Mr. Empanada Mobile, Fat Tortillas Southwest Grill, Fire Monkey Food Truck, Gone Bananas, Pop Craft Popsicles and Mr. Empanada Mobile.

They also are bleachers at Spa Beach that for a fee you can watch the lighted boat parade from. If you are interest in just the lighted boat parade and not the festival there are plenty of places to watch for free, including along the Vinoy Basin sea wall, at Demens Landing and on the Pier approach in addition to and Pier itself.

Where: Spa Beach at the Pier approach in downtown St. Petersburg
Address: 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg FL 33701
Time: Noon for Festival and boats start to line up for parade by 6 p.m.
Parade: starts at 6:10 p.m.
Price: $5, $3 ages 11 and younger (includes tastings)
Benefits: the Children’s Dream Fund and other Rotary charities.
Information:  (727) 822-3277


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