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2017 Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade

Set your compass for the 2017 Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade sailing on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  

Seeking Participants and Volunteers!  

Contact Kristin Tonkin  at to register your boat for the Christmas Boat Parade or call the Main Street office 727.842.8066 for more information.

Click Here for your Application!

Let’s Celebrate our Garnet Year in 2017!

The 18th Annual River Lights Boat Parade…is now and forever,               The Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade!

Ahoy to all Boat Captains! Get ready for the annual boat parade on the Pithlachascotee River on the evening of December 2nd. Brightly lit decorated boats and kayaks will launch from Miller’s Bayou, in Port Richey at 6:30 pm. The boats will cruise by the admiring crowds that are viewing the parade from waterfront restaurants, holiday house-parties and sidewalks along the river bank. The parade leads down river to New Port Richey’s famous, Sims Park, where boats glide by the judging stands.

The Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade winner will receive a Garnet Jewelry Set and a complimentary entry in the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Street Parade (December 9th).

The boat parade has become a cherished holiday event that was started in 2000 by Greater New Port Richey Main Street. The Bayou Business Association is NPR Main Street’s event partner. Both organizations work together to ensure residents and visitors have the opportunity to create lasting memories with their families. These two groups are dedicated to the community and host different events throughout the year in the City of Port Richey and New Port Richey.

2017 Coteeman Triathlon

In 2015, we were happy to announce the return of the Coteeman Triathlon to downtown New Port Richey!  In a special partnership with the Recreation and Aquatic Center, Main Street provided volunteer assistance with participation led by Bob Smallwood  and volunteers.  We are proud to again be partnering with  New Port Richey’s amazing Recreation and Aquatic Center for 2017 Coteeman Triathlon!

2017 Coteeman Triathlon will be held November 11th at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center. 

Race proceeds will be used to send underprivileged local youth to summer camp and to help Greater New Port Richey Main Street enhance our beautiful downtown!

Please join us for another great race while supporting two great causes!

We will be combining athletics and sidearm cheering for a super fun event.

More details, race maps, and registration forms are available on the Coteeman Triathlon website.

KIAFest Main Street Blast

Downtown New Port Richey

2017 KIAfest June 30 & July 1

What is more fun than Apple Pie and Ice Cream, Fireworks and 4th of July???    Main Street’s annual Independence Day celebration KIAFest Main Street Blast returning to Sims Park in 2017.

We will be back in the new renovated Sims Park in Downtown New Port Richey to bring you a grand salute to America’s Independence Day celebrated in true hometown style!     

Bring the whole family down to the 18th Annual Friendly KIAFEST Main Street Blast and enjoy classic rock music, food & beverages, Beer Garden, Military Vehicles on display, kids’ games and much more.

Great thanks to the friendly folks at Friendly KIA we can host  two days of FREE concerts including the talents of the ever popular we have scheduled!

Get a group together and enter to win the Trolley Pull!  1st and 2nd place teams will win prizes!

Finish off the fun on Saturday with a fabulous fireworks display cosponsored by Friendly KIA and Greg Henry Restoration over Orange Lake (weather/conditions permitting) but get there early, more than 25,000 people enjoyed New Port Richey’s fireworks display last year!

This event received “Honor Award for Best Event Main Street Event” by Florida’s Secretary of State and was named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by Southeast Tourism magazine.  

  • Sunset Corvette and Classic Car Club Cruise-In Flyer
  • Friendly KIA Trolley pull


KIAfest opens at 5 pm Friday until 11 pm and then on Saturday from noon to 11 pm. Live music on the main stage in Sims Park, arts and crafters, classic car cruise-in, KIA trolley pull and lots of fun and games!


5:00                     Event Opens/National Anthem

 Music starts at 5 PM

              5-6:30      SPF40                              
              7-8:30     Twinkle  Rock-Soul Radio 
              9-10:30  Black Honkeys

Main Stage Sims Park  – SATURDAY

12:00 Noon – Event opens, music and announcements

Food Vendors, Beer Garden, Arts and Crafts, Kid’s Games, Commercial Vendor Exhibits
Food Court, Crafters, Commercial Vendors

Music starts at 1 PM

          1:00         LIVE MUSIC BEGINS
          3-4:30.   Music of Santana/ Eric Anderson Band
          5-6:30    Barefoot Bob & the Hope
          7-8:30.   Natural Wonder (Stevie Wonder)
          9-10:30 Never Stop Believin (Journey)

 11:00 –  4th Annual friendly KIA Trolley Pull
Grand Boulevard between Bank and the MNO Center 11am-1pm  Grand Prize $500!!       Saturday Team Registrations  at 10:30am
1:30 announcement of Trolley Pull Winners                                                            

** Schedule of events is accurate at time of publication but is subject to change


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If you are interested in being a vendor at KIA Fest,click on “Application Forms” above, download, complete and submit to become a vendor.  For information about becoming a Sponsor, contact the GNPRMS Office : / 727.842.8066.

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