Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa at River O’Green Fest

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Every year, Tampa’s mayor invites residents and visitors to the River O’Green Fest to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa. Hosted in downtown’s iconic Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, this signature event is a charming celebration of all things Irish along the Hillsborough Riverwalk.

Among the seven US cities known for dying a river green, Tampa is a relative newcomer. Chicago started this inspired St. Patrick’s Day tradition in 1961, followed by San Antonio seven years later.

Going Green on Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

The Hillsborough River is the perfect backdrop for the Irish-themed party with its waters transformed into a vivid shade of green for the occasion. Crowds of revelers will be similarly clad in emerald hues during the free-spirited celebration that includes live entertainment, games, kid’s activities, food trucks, and the always-popular green beer.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

As one of Florida’s best St. Patrick’s Day parties, the Mayor’s River O’Green Fest turns the Hillsborough Riverwalk into a day-long adventure brimming with shamrock and the luck of the Irish. Activities include the River O’ Green Gallop, Scavenger Hunt and Leprechaun Costume Contest. The pet-friendly family event traditionally starts at 11:00 am.

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