In 1922, New Port Richey citizens planned a celebration to attract people to the thriving young city to raise money for the community library. Gerben DeVries, the city’s first postmaster, was given the task of preparing something new to serve as the program. Inspired by his interest in Florida Native American tribes and the enchanting beauty of the river flowing through the city, he combined the two to create a fictional pageant. The pageant gave the celebration its theme and the beautiful Pithlachascotee River loaned its name to the central characters, King Pithla and Queen Chasco.
Chasco Fiesta™ was born, and now 101 years later, continues its legacy of giving. No longer a fundraiser for a local library, Chasco Fiesta™ is a 501(C)3 organization, and in 2022 benefited 20 not-for-profit organizations in the local community and surrounding areas by providing a venue for fundraising. The mission of the Chasco Fiesta™ Board of Directors is; “Enhancing Lives Through Cultural Education and the Performing Arts”.
Chasco Fiesta™ offers 9 full days of activities and 9 nights of music appreciation. The event offers a wide variety of music including; Native American, Christian, Blues, Bluegrass, Oldies, Country, Latin, Rock and Roll Tribute concerts, and more at Sims Park. Seating is provided.
Chasco Fiesta™ activities also include a premier street parade (3rd largest in the state) and the second longest-running boat parade. We also have a car, truck& bike show, bowling tournament, golf tournament, 5k run, Coronation Ball for King Pithla and Queen Chasco, and of course a carnival! With all that activity going on you’re going to get hungry. You’ll find food in plentiful quantities and unlimited varieties offered by both for-profit and non-profit vendors. So come on out and enjoy the festivities From March 24, 2023, to April 1, 2023.
The driving forces behind Chasco Fiesta™ are the Sponsors and the 700+ volunteers who help make the various events happen. The Chasco Fiesta™ Board of Directors consists of 12-13 Volunteers who work throughout the year planning and organizing the event.