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 “All About Music”. So put on your thinking caps because Chasco Fiesta offers cash prizes in the following categories: Profit, Non-profit/Schools, and Individual/Family.
Three $500 First Place Awards
Three $300 Second Place Awards
Three $200 Third Place Awards
Plus $1,000 Best Overall Boat
The Pithlachascotee River, often called the Cotee , 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 hacked out. The Seminole used canoes hacked out of cypress trunks. It is derived from the Creek pithlo (canoe), and chaskita (to chop out).