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St. Patrick’s Day In Tampa Bay

March is a bit of a magical month. We move the clocks ahead, we welcome the warm weather along (with the thousands of tourist that come for spring break) and NCAA basketball madness becomes all-the-talk.

And then, almost magically, St. Patricks Day makes its arrival. All combined it’s a great time of year to be in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay is one of the best places in the country to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  And a lot of people agree. According to WFLA, Tampa was just raked by Wallet Hub at #5 of the Top American Cities To Celebrate St. Patty’s. I’m not surprised. If you’ve ever seen the Hillsborough River turn bright green, you’d know why!

And even though St Patrick’s Day isn’t until the March 17th, the river dyeing event is on Saturday, March 14th.

This annual event is called Mayor’s River O’Green Fest, it’s a huge riverside celebration that will give you the chance to explore the city’s waterways in a whole new light. This green-river tradition is one that the city has done since 2012 (and no doubt pirated from the folks in Chicago who are famous for this).

The Irish-themed party will take place at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, so you’ll have access to some of the most stunning views of the river’s emerald waters. Stroll the river-walk and enjoy it’s beauty, while snapping some photos and enjoying live entertainment, food trucks, and of course, beer!

There will also be lots of games, kids activities, a fun run/walk along the Riverwalk, a family scavenger hunt, a Leprechaun costume contest, as well as the River O’Green Scavenger Hunt for adults.

If you are looking for a unique experience, this will be an event you will remember. Take a date, a friend or the entire family (even the dog is welcomed).

There will be lots of beer stands with drinks imported from Ireland. As well as numerous food trucks and holiday-themed treats. Spend the day by the neon green river and drink a toast to “Ol St. Patty”!

The official dyeing of the river will take place on Saturday, March 14th. at 11 a.m., even though the festival continues through until 5 p.m. Don’t forget to wear green or maybe even dress to compete in the Leprechaun contest. This is a free event, so take the whole family!

For more information on all the festivities go their their website

The Irish really know how to celebrate, take a look below at others around the country celebrating in “Irish” style on St. Patrick’s Day…

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Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .