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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
The new Stingray Beach at the Florida Aquarium held its official grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday night, recognizing the completion of the first phase of the Rising Tides Capital Campaign.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined Florida Aquarium President and CEO Thom Stork, The Echevarrias, and DeSoto Elementary School Principal Michele Keltner for this celebratory occasion.
Thousands of people showed up for the annual Gasparilla celebration on Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa. The weather was sunny and dry and perfect for a parade. Gasparilla, named after a legendary pirate who reportedly terrorized Western Florida in the late 1700s, is the largest street party of the year in Tampa.
Members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla start in the early morning at the Tampa Yacht Club. It's where they get their makeup applied by professional stylists and schmooze with some of the power brokers from the city and state. On Saturday Gov. Rick Scott, Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi, and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn were in attendance. There is lots of food and alcohol to get the party started. From that point they board the pirate ship the José Gasparilla and sail across Hillsborough Bay and down Seddon Channel surrounded by a flotilla of private boats. Upon the ship's arrival at Channelside, the mayor surrenders the key to the city and the invasion begins.
The invasion parade route runs along Bayshore Boulevard and into downtown Tampa. It is lined with partiers from all walks of life and all ages.
Beads rule the day! There are many tactics for obtaining the strings of shiny trinkets from the dozens of krewes and organizations. See more pictures ...
But during the club's board meeting this week, it didn't take long to notice that the prints along with several vintage shuffleboard trophies and a scoreboard had gone missing.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn dedicated a newly refurbished Ballast Point Park with other city officials on Wednesday morning. The park recently received a $995,000 facelift including the tot lot, a playground designed specifically for children under 5. The project was funded by a private donations from residents and matching funds from the city. New area includes ground-level water feature called a splash pad. Other parts of the park were also enhanced. A sail structure to shade the existing playground equipment, new pavilions, and parking areas were also added.
The project was spearheaded by private citizen Katie Guice, who moved to Ballast Point in 2003. She was concerned about the old equipment at the park not accommodating younger kids. She was inspired by her two children, Olive 3, and Rylan, 5.