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  1. Plan your weekend Dec. 15-17: Katy Perry, boat parades, Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

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    Plan your weekend

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    Katy Perry: In the ever-escalating arms race to be the most eye-popping pop star on the planet, sometimes you have to call in for backup. Even if you're Katy Perry. When plotting her lavishly spectacular Witness Tour, which arrives in Tampa on Friday, …

  2. This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

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    PARADES

    Homosassa Christmas Boat Parade

    Parade begins at Marker 75 by Bird Island. Free. Homosassa Springs Marina, 10806 W Halls River Road, Homosassa. 6 p.m. Dec. 16.

    Indian Rocks Beach Boat Parade

  3. Top things to do this week: Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

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    NEW HOPE: Star Wars parties

    With the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the force of fan excitement is strong, so of course there are Star Wars parties this weekend. The giant movie complex Riverview 14 GDX is having celebration with characters from the film available for photos in …

  4. 5 things to do under $5: Gasparilla Bowl beach day, Hanukkah on Ice, boat parades

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    1 Battle at the Beach: The Gasparilla Bowl is coming to Tropicana Field on Dec. 21, but before that the bands, cheerleaders and dance teams from Florida International University and Temple University will have a day of beach-related games and competitions. It's free to watch from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at …

  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 11-17

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    Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress roars into Tampa's Amalie Arena on Friday ($45.75-$195.75). amaliearena.com.

  6. Wild weather expected, 2 boat parades canceled

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    Boat parades that were planned tonight in South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach have been canceled because of weather fears.

  7. Fun and profound Hanukkah celebrations around the Tampa Bay area

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    It's time to observe the Festival of Lights, starting at sunset Tuesday and ending Dec. 20. • Many congregations seem to be having a great time, because Hanukkah celebrations this year are hilarious. There's a menorah made of fidget spinners at Hanukkah on Ice in Westfield Countryside, and a falafel menorah …

  8. From Hogwarts Castle to your home, digital projectors give a real light show

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    At night, Hogwarts Castle is suddenly dusted with snow in steamy Florida. It's not really snow, but light causing this trick of the eye. Projectors and sophisticated software then send ghosts across the castle towers. A turret spins and turns into a towering Christmas tree before melting into golden bolts of …

  9. Three shades of comedy this week: Game Grumps Live, Harlem Globetrotters, Liberal Redneck comedy tour

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    VIDEO STARS: Game Grumps Live

    You thought video game players were wasting their time, but these days professional players are packing stadiums and making more money than you'll ever see. They also give us hilarious shows like Game Grumps Live, coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday (yes, the big room …

  10. 5 things to do under $5: Sunday Bicycle Rides, Werks and Passafire at Jannus Live

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    1Winter Village Express: The holiday setup on the riverfront at Curtis Hixon Park this year features a new holiday-themed streetcar ride from Ybor City. Hop on at Centro Ybor after enjoying some games, holiday activities and treats, with special holiday surprises on board as you travel to Whiting Station. …