Ten years ago the Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2004 Stanley Cup 4-3 in Game 7 of the series at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (formerly the St. Pete Times Forum) by a score of 2-1 over the Calgary Flames. It was the evening of July 7, 2004 and was the crowning achievement of the franchise to that point, just 12 years after entering the National Hockey League.
It began in New York City in 1999, and today the Tampa's Cranksgiving takes a spin again for the less fortunate.
Consider it a pre-emptive karmic cleanse.
Sandwiched in between the sugar-laden debauchery of Halloween and the gluttonous consumerism of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Loy Krathong’s premise is simple.
Water is life.
Its history mutated and propagated through time, Loy Krathong is a tradition of paying homage to rivers while sending your bad luck, bad attitude and any other emotional refuse to float away on a banana leaf with the river current.
No available river? No problem. Any body of water will do. Land-locked worshippers often resort to wading pools. It’s the thought that counts.
Celebrated since the 14th century, Loy Krathong festivals are held globally every year on the full moon of the 12th lunar month.
In Thailand, the festival is held for several days. Smaller-scale celebrations take place worldwide on Nov. 16 — and one will be held tonight at Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida (Wat Tampa). With the full moon dancing over the Palm River, ethnic food, art and music will be offered from 7 p.m. through midnight on pristine acreage along the Palm River.
Putting together a list of all the festivals, parties and other hoo-ha happening around Halloween is more shudder-inducing than a frozen slack-jawed Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Luckily with the help of CL interns Amina Jackson, Marc Seide and Kyetra Bryant — and local organizations who obliged us with information — we have been able to come up with this fairly comprehensive guide — truly something for everybody. (Insert creepy laugh here.) Items in chronological order, under the categories Arts, Music and Culture; Big Nights Out; Boooooze and More, Comedy & Cabaret, Family Fun; Festivals, Haunted Haunts. E-mail email@example.com if you have an event to add — but do so at your own risk!
This season marks the 10 year anniversary of Tampa Bay’s first and only Stanley Cup. Be the thunder at the Lightning Fan Fest on Sat., Sept. 14, and help bring the cup back to Tampa!