Luck might not be on our side this weekend now that expected inclement weather has caused the cancellation and postponement of Saturday St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Tampa and St. Petersburg.
In Tampa, the River O’ Green Fest will now take place on Sunday, March 13 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
St. Petersburg was not as lucky, as the ShamROCK Fest at the St. Pete Pier was completely canceled. The decision was taken to ensure the safety of attendees, event crew and performers due to the weather.
Tampa's free Sunday event will include live entertainment, food trucks, beer and family-friendly activities. The main feature is the transformation of the Hillsborough River into a bright shade of green for the Irish-themed celebrations.
Tampa officials have expressed excitement for the return of the event as the COVID-19 affected the planning and execution of the River O’ Green Fest for the past two years.
“We are so excited to bring back this wonderful Tampa tradition,” said Tampa Downtown Partnership President and CEO Lynda Remund. “We haven’t been able to host our signature event since 2019, so we know people are looking forward to putting on their green garb, pulling out their best Irish accent, and celebrating the holiday in the greatest city!”
"It's been way too long since Tampa got its Irish on, so let's get ready to shamrock and roll at River O'Green 2022," said City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. "One thing we can all a-green on is that this town knows how to paddy."
Set to happen at Spa Beach Park, St. Pete's ShamROCK Fest event would have featured green beer, live bands and classic Irish eats. Ticket buyers will be offered a full refund or have the opportunity to exchange their tickets to the Pier's next event “FIESTA: Cinco De Mayo” celebration scheduled for April 30.