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Guavaween 2012 Ybor City: Reborn Guavaween brings music fest to Ybor

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Tampa, Florida -- The stork is delivering a reborn Guavaween to Ybor City Saturday night. The historic district's trying a new take this year on its famous Halloween festival.

Through Guavaween's nearly thirty years, they've wanted you to come to Ybor City in costume.

But -- honestly -- you may have wanted to dress up like a knight, a tank, or something else with armor.

Guavaween has been wild. It earned a reputation as a party for people who really like to party.

The whole district was fenced off, with admission charged to get in. Many businesses said they had nearly no customers, since folks were drinking and spending money in the street.

No more. This year, with the city's tight budget situation organizers have decided to change the direction a bit.

Now, admission ($20 in advance and $30 on the day of the event) gets you into a seven-venue music festival.

There's a whole range of bands, from indie to intense. And if you want a beverage, Ybor City's pubs and restaurants will be happy to serve you.

The parade won't be happening this year, but the edgy costume contest hosted by Mama Guava is still going strong. There's a $1,000 prize for the winner.

If you want to come in costume, go for it, just like in the past.

And make no mistake here: this will not be "family friendly."

The theme is "The Many Shades of Ybor" -- like "Fifty Shades of Grey." That's adult fantasy; there is nothing for kids.

The organizers think having Guavaween, the indoor music festival and night out in costume -- instead of Guavaween, the borderline crazy street party --will be a new way to carry on the tradition and bring out another big crowd.

Guavaween is Saturday night, October 27th, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. You can learn more or order advance Guavaween tickets online at the Guavaween website.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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