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Decorated auto in 1922 Grand Carnival Parade
One of the decorated entries in the first Grand Carnival Parade on March 2, 1922. Photo courtesy West Pasco Chamber of Commerce

Chasco Fiesta

This 10-day celebration held each March in New Port Richey honors Native American tribes and traditions. Named for Queen Chasco of the Calusas, it features an Indian powwow and pageant, river and street parades, a king and queen coronation ceremony, a ball, a carnival, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, and food. 78 years old, it is Florida's longest running festival. The project includes a video prepared by high school students, an essay, photographs--including several from the original 1922 fiesta--news articles, programs, brochures, and souvenirs and memorabilia, including two crowns from past coronations.

Originally submitted by: Karen L. Thurman, Representative (5th District).

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