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Big weekend of events in Tampa

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By this time tomorrow night all the little pirates will be at home with the beads they collected here along bayshore boulevard.

But the Gasparilla children's parade is just one of many events that will make downtown Tampa a very busy place to be this weekend.

Work crews are busy putting the finishing touches on the Gasparilla children's parade route..

From grandstands to port-o-potties... everything will in place when the parade down Bayshore Boulevard kicks off at 3:30 Saturday.

Even busineses like "Beef-O-Brady's" are gearing up for the onslaught of people converging on Tampa..

Brittney Smith an employee with Beef o' Brady's said, "we have brought in a lot more staff...we are condensing our menu to a few short items that are quick to get people in and out to enjoy the parade we also have some drink specials specialty drinks that we have come up with and it'll be a lot of fun."

The organizer of the children's parade says it should also be a lot of fun for the young pirates.

Don Barnes of the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla said, "when you have a day like we're predicting on Saturday 73 degrees and partly cloudy we're expecting people to come out of the woodwork"

On the other side of downtown Tampa there'll be another big event tomorrow night, the return of pro hockey.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will kick-off a shortened season their 20-th in the Bay-area..

Many fans can't wait to see the bolt's players take to the ice at the Forum..

Gary Tinschert a Lightning fan said, "me and my son play we still played every week but we missed coming to the games we have season tickets, me and two other firemen share them so we go to about a third of the games so it was tough not going."

Even Lightning management is looking forward to the return of hockey following the end of the lockout.

Steve Griggs/Lightning C-O-O

"we all weren't happy we weren't playing hockey. jeff vinick wasn't happy we weren't happy the players weren't happy so we're excited that it's back we're glad it's back and we're going to work very hard to get all the fans back."

And all this weekend in another part of downtown Tampa, the Black Heritage Street festival will be rocking Curtis Hixon park with music, food and fun.

And with all those events going on tomorrow, the heavy traffic in and around downtown Tampa may make it difficult to get around.

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