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Despite Protests, SeaWorld Kicks Off Bands, Brew & BBQ

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — Despite protests from animal rights activists, the show will go on at SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ.

PETA protesters, including one wearing an orca costume, planned to be outside the marine park on Sunday weekend as the park starts its annual concert series.

Alan Jackson and Kid Rock are kicking off the series with performances this weekend.

Nine other performers backed out of the concert series following online petition campaigns by fans and animal rights activists. The activists cited the documentary “Blackfish,” which is critical of how whales are kept in captivity at the marine park.

“Blackfish” explores what may have caused a 12,000-pound orca named Tilikum to kill veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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