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Night in the Tropics returns to downtown NPR


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Take a trip to the islands, mon, with a street party in the style of Key West when Night in the Tropics returns this Friday, organizers said.

Greater New Port Richey Main Street has set the 15th annual event in the historic downtown area of the city where past crowds have been estimated at more than 15,000 spectators.

Sun Scion of New Port Richey is presenting the celebration, which will take place 5-11 p.m.

“We call it the hottest night of the year, and the coolest party of the summer,” Main Street Executive Director Judy DeBella Thomas said in a press release. Performers will play Latin- and Key-West-style music at three locations. A classic car cruise-in will line streets. A motorcycle ride-in and other family-friendly activities also are part of festivities.

Returning on the Grand Boulevard stage will be Jason Webb and the Caribbean Chillers, Central Florida’s most popular Jimmy Buffett tribute band.

Somos Musica, a Latin band that has played throughout the Bay area and has been featured in Tampa’s Tropical Heat Wave, will be on the Cavalaire Square Stage.

A third location will feature DJ MC Brownie, sponsored by Sun Scion, who will spin tunes in a hip-hop vein 6-9 p.m., followed by Island Music with a Latin beat for the remainder of the evening.

Shazadi and her Jewels of the Desert, a special treat last year, will be on site that evening as well, performing during the event.

Returning also will be the Island Hoppers Club, where members can participate in a treasure hunt throughout downtown, gathering clues that will allow them to be part of the drawing for the Treasure Chest, packed with items worth hundreds of dollars.

Downtown taverns create a specialty drink that Island Hoppers can sample and judge the best. Island Hoppers will also receive custom T-shirts and beads to add to the festivities. Participation is $20 and includes the T-shirt, specialty beads, drink tickets and the scavenger hunt clues.

Participants are encouraged to call to register but can sign up the night of the event. Membership is limited to 50 and registration fills up quickly.

For details, applications or a complete list of sponsors, go to www.nprmain street.com or call the Main Street office at (727) 842-8066.

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