This is said to be the oldest boat parade in the state of Florida, and it’s not something you want to miss. The parade starts in Millers Bayou along the Pithlachascotee River, and finishes at Sims Park. This year the theme is Reflecting Back: 90 Years in New Port Richey. So put on your thinking hats because Chasco Fiesta offers cash prizes in the following categories: Profit, Non-profit/Schools, and Individual/Family.
Three $500 First Place Awards
Three $250 Second Place Awards
Three $150 Third Place Awards
An additional $1,000 Grand Prize to one of the first place winners!
The Pithlachascotee River, often called the Cotee or "Cootie" River, is a blackwater river in Pasco County, Florida. Originating near Crews Lake, the river flows for over 23 miles to the south and west, flowing through the Starkey Wilderness Park before turning northwest through downtown New Port Richey, entering the Gulf of Mexico at Miller's Bayou. A Florida State Canoe Trail runs along the river.
On a chart representing the west coast of Florida accompanying the annual report of the U.S. Coast Survey for 1851, the name is translated as "Boat Building River". The whole word signifies the place where canoes were chopped or dug out. The Seminole used canoes dug out of cypress trunks. It is derived from the Creek pithlo (canoe), and chaskita (to chop out).
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