The annual festival held in Gulfport celebrates the unofficial mascot of the town – the gecko!
2015 is not just 15 years since the Millennium, it is also 15 years since the inaugural GeckoFest (www.geckofest.com) held in St. Pete/Clearwater’s Gulfport community. Taking place on 5 September this year, GeckoFest is a daylong celebration of all things gecko and Gulfport. Thousands attend the festival every year, alongside hundreds of vendors and an impressive line-up of live musicians and performers who will take to the two stages set up in the town.
The family-friendly event has an eclectic mix of DJs and performers from acrobats to break dances, escape artists, musicians, circus acts and magicians. As well as the two main stages, performers will this year take to the street, allowing visitors to get even closer to the action! In keeping with the community ethos in Gulfport, the waterfront village area will be filled with over 200 independent vendors from the local area selling unique Florida products and refreshments.
The theme of 2015’s incarnation of Geckofest is ‘Gecko Gras’ with visitors encouraged to dress up for the occasion and join in with the GeckoFest Walking Parade in their finest Mardi Gras outfits with a gecko spin! This slice of Old Florida is also preceded by the Gecko Ball a week before and, with the same theme, costumes are again encouraged. Taking place on 29 August at the Gulfport Casino, tickets for the event are $35 each and available online. The evening is filled with Cajun food, the Jammin’ Jambalaya Band on stage and the coronation of the Gecko Queen for 2015.
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About Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) is the official destination marketing organization of Pinellas County in Florida and covers 26 municipalities in the area.
The region is located on a beautiful peninsula on Florida’s west coast, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east.
Just 30 minutes away from Busch Gardens and 90 minutes away from Walt Disney World, the area offers 35 miles of white-sand beaches and uniquely colourful communities to explore.
The destination is renowned for sunshine and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest run of sunshine days, a massive 768.
Also home to the largest collection of Dali artwork outside of Spain, the county has culture, wildlife and beautiful beaches with a semi-tropical climate making it the perfect holiday destination for families, couples and singles.