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 info@bayoubusinessdistrict.com 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.

Cotee River Seafest

Auto Enterprise presents the

18TH ANNUAL COTEE RIVER SEAFEST

APRIL 21, 22 & 23, 2017

Friday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

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Boat Show Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

arts n crafts

Arts & Crafts Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

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                      Pirate Magician of St. Augustine                                     Two performances daily

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‘Miss Daisy’ Boat Rides on the Cotee River            Saturday & Sunday $5.00 for 30-45 minute boat tour

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Live music all day with Concert in evening

 

art show
“Only Natural” Art show, West Pasco Art Guild    Peace Hall 10:00 am to 6:00 pm   Saturday & Sunday

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Pasco Camera Exchange 13th annual Photo contest Award ceremony Saturday 3:00 pm at Main Stage           All contest entrees on display both days

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3rd annual DUCKtona 500 Duck Race 4:00 pm from Main Street bridge.  Results and awards immediately following the end of the race.

             Friday Musical Entertainment:              (Times subject to change)

5:00 – 6:30        SPF 40                                                                           7:00 – 8:30       Barefoot Bob & The Hope
9:00 – 10:30   Sean Chambers

Saturday Musical Entertainment:

           LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY – and it’s FREE!

12:00 -1:00  Franc Robert
1:00 – 2:30  Troy Youngblood & The Soulfish
3:00 – 4:30  Tampa Music Machine with Nitro
5:00 – 6:30  Sarasota Slim w/guests LC Williams & The Driver
7:00 – 8:30    Albert Castiglia
9:00 – 10:30   Eric Gales

      Sunday Musical Entertainment:

1:00 – 2:00  Bear & Franc Robert                                                       2:30 – 4:00   Betty Fox
4:30  –  6:00  Selwyn Birchwood

Arts and crafts – we have an excellent selection of items to browse and shop for from prepared food items, to adorable puppy hats and sunglasses, hand crafted sculptures, jewelry and kitschy clothes. Prices range from $5 to $500

Food vendors are a fabulous collection of seafood favorites including Grouper sandwiches, crab cakes and Crawfish Etouffe as well as a few landlubber treats including festival “must have” corndogs, shaved ice and funnel cake!

Activities and Games for kids including bounce houses, slides and other interactive bounce houses. Games run an average of $5.

The Boat Show features all new boats – ranging from sport fishing boats and flats boats to pleasure cruisers and pontoons. Visitors are invited to climb aboard the vessels docked on dry land. The estimated of total value of boats & personal water craft that will be on display is over $500,000!

                 Thank you to all of our sponsors!                                                   

     

       

                        

         

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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

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS**

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!

FRIDAY

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

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

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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 :  kathy@nprmainstreet.com / 727.842.8066.

To Volunteer for this event, click the button below*

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*Volunteers must complete a volunteer application to participate. Contact our office at 727.842.8066 to request an application.

Exploring New Port Richey

The City of New Port Richey has a rich history that intertwines with legend, lore and romantic notions of wanting to be “The Hollywood of the East”. There is much to see and do in the city and there are many resources for you to explore, that include our website, and those of the West Pasco Historical Society, the New Port Richey Library, Fivay, the Recreation and Aquatic Center and the City of New Port Richey websites. The information on this page for this entry is from the City of New Port Richey website.

About New Port Richey
New Port Richey and Tampa
Community Overview

New Port Richey is a residential community with a strong local government and an attractive historical downtown and Main Street. The City has a broad array of business and retail services. Since its incorporation in 1924, the city is most recognized for its cultural heritage and unique riverfront landscape. Located in western Pasco County, New Port Richey is approximately 30 miles northwest of greater Tampa.New Port Richey’s geography blends nature, beaches, and great shopping with restaurants, culture and business – all with a small-town feel. Major attractions are located nearby. New Port Richey is rich in history, and alive with festivals and special events.In 1995, New Port Richey became sister cities with Cavalaire-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. Downtown’s Cavalaire Square (home to arts and cultural performances) was named in honor of that very special relationship.
Location
Located in west-central Pasco County, New Port Richey encompasses a total area of 4.6 miles. The Gulf of Mexico coastline borders the west side of the city, and the Pithlachascotee River runs through the city’s heart. New Port Richey is considered part of the Tampa Bay area, a popular tourist destination with major attractions, recreation, sports, and culture.
Area History
The greater New Port Richey area has an extensive history. An excellent source to review history of New Port Richey and the surrounding areas is the Fivay.org website. Don’t forget to check out the historic photos!