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The many parties of the RNC, mapped

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At the national political conventions, most of the action takes place not in the arena where the TV cameras roll, but in a host of outside events morning, noon and night. From breakfasts and briefings to fundraisers and soirees, they are often sponsored by lobbyists and special interests.

On Party Time, the Sunlight Foundation has complied an extensive list of such events planned this year, with more than 200 in Tampa alone. Though some may have been postponed or canceled due to Tropical Storm Isaac, plenty of partying continued uninterrupted.

Click through the map below to explore all the events in Tampa slated around the GOP's convention. Be sure to zoom in to see them all. Many are clustered around the Tampa Bay Times Forum where the official convention takes place, but there are gatherings all around the city of Tampa, St. Petersburg and the nearby beaches to the west. We are continuing to add more events to the map as they are sent to us.

Next week we'll have another map for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. You can browse all the events in our database for both conventions on Party Time.

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