5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, October 26

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, October 26.

(1) Susan G. Komen Tampa Bay 3-Day

The Susan G. Komen Tampa Bay 3-Day begins in Clearwater on Friday.

The event is a 60-mile walks for men and women who want to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer. Participants have to raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three straight days.

Today's opening ceremonies are being held at Sand Key Park at 1060 Gulf Boulevard in Clearwater. Activities begin at 7:30 a.m.

3-Day participants are provided meals, snacks, drinks, shower facilities, tens, medical support and shower facilities for a safe and memorable experience.

Closing ceremonies take place at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg.

In 2010 more than 1,600 walkers raised $4.5 million during the Tampa Bay 3-Day for the Cure.

Since its inception in 2003, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day has raised nearly $600 million dollars. One percent of the proceeds from the events benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment.

For more information, visit www.the3day.org .

(2) John's Pass Seafood Festival

The 31th annual Seafood Festival begins on Friday at John's Pass Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach.

The event includes live music, fiddler crab races, a children's area, a street dance, and tons of fresh local seafood.

A children's Halloween costume contest will take place on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and trick or treating will take place throughout the hours of the event. All children's costume contest participants will receive a prize.

More than 150 shops are participating in the festival.

There is no admission cost to attend the Seafood Festival. Hours are as follows: 12:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Parking for the festival is available both in John's Pass Village and Boardwalk and off-site. Parking within John's Pass Village is accessible from the 129th and 131st Avenue entrances to the Village.

Free additional parking is available at Madeira Beach Fundamental School with free shuttle service to and from John's Pass Village.

For more information, visit www.JohnsPassFestivals.com .

(3) Rascal Flatts in concert

County superstar group Rascal Flatts concludes the 2012 Hooters Country Megaticket concert series at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday.

Rascal Flatts features Gary LeVoc as lead vocal, Joe Don Rooney on lead guitar, and Jay DeMarcus on bass guitar and piano. LeVox and DeMarcus are second cousins.

The trio have sold over 21 million albums, more than 25 million digital downloads, and earned 14 #1 singles. Their last seven studio albums have all hit #1 on the U.S. country music charts.

Their latest album, Changed, was released in April 2012.

The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Opening for Rascal Flatts will be Little Big Town.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (813) 740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com .

To learn more about Rascal Flatts, visit their official website at www.rascalflatts.com .

(4) George Clinton in concert.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician George Clinton brings his unique brand of funk music to the Capitol Theater in Clearwater on Friday night.

Clinton began his music career while working at a New Jersey barbershop in the 1950s. That is where he founded the doo-wop singing quintet The Parliaments.

In 1968 the group renamed themselves Funkadelic. Four years later Clinton was able to get back the Parliament name and has used both names for his backup band ever since.

During the 1970s Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic released 3 platinum albums and more than 40 R&B hit singles.

In the 1990s Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur began sampling Clinton's work, leading to resurgence in his popularity that helped get him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Tonight's concert begins at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/george-clinton/11898/?loc=mini-cal .

To learn more about George Clinton, visit his official website at www.georgeclinton.com .

Clinton will play the House of Blues at Lake Buena Vista on Saturday.

(5) SuperBull XVI homecoming

The University of South Florida Alumni Association kicks off SuperBull XVI homecoming weekend events on Friday.

The Alumni Association's Parade Watch Party begins at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Lifsey House on Alumni Drive. Alumni, their children and friends can enjoy giveaways, a balloon artist, games, DJ music and food for purchase from various food trucks.

The SuperBull XVI Homecoming Parade begins at 7:00 p.m. at the corner of Alumni Drive and LeRoy Collins Boulevard. The route heads east, turns left onto Maple, then right onto Holly before ending at The Meadows at 50th Street.

The Running of the Bulls Parade features

homemade floats by students, campus groups and community organizations, the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, vehicles with USF and community dignitaries, and lots of beads to catch.

Following the Parade is a concert and party featuring national recording artist Ludacris at The Meadows.

All the SuperBull XVI homecoming activities lead up to Saturday's USF homecoming game against Syracuse at Raymond James Stadium. A pre-game festival takes place in the Bulls Zone on the south side of the stadium beginning at 3 p.m. The Orange-Bulls game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

For more SuperBull XVI information, visit homecoming.usf.edu .

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