Ragtime’s Coming to Dade City!

The first annual Dade City Equestrian Parade and Ragtime Festival, an event sponsored by the City of Dade City Youth Council and the Pioneer Florida Museum, will occur Friday and Saturday   - March 12 and 13.  An Evening of Ragtime concert will take place in the Mabel Jordan Barn at the museum, one mile north of Dade City on Highway 301 at 7 PM on Friday.  Headliner for this concert will be John Royen, renowned ragtime and jazz pianist out of New Orleans.  He will be joined by a ragtime ensemble out of Orlando.

Advance tickets for the concert are $15 and are available at the museum (352-567-0262).

Saturday March 13, will see an Equestrian Parade of horses and horse drawn carts and carriages through Downtown Historic Dade City, leading the crowds to Agnes Lamb Park on Meridian Avenue.  At the park there will be live ragtime music, dance exhibitions by Sally Blackwood dance students, vendors, including barbeque and old fashioned smoked mullet by On Q Smokehouse Grill, as well as many family activities, such as Magic by Keith Fleming, and balloons by Tony the Balloon Guy.

Sharing these festive days in downtown Dade City will be A Plant Affair, featuring a Patriotic Standard Flower Show by the Dade City Garden Club, located at 13630 5th Street in Dade City. The preview gala and awards ceremony for this event will take place from 5-6:30 PM on Friday, with tickets available from members or at the door.  On Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM the public is invited to enjoy a Woodland Walk through the botanical gardens, a Gardener’s Bazaar plant sale, and the convenience of a trolley back and forth between Ragtime at Agnes Lamb Park and the Garden Center festivities.