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CITY OF TAMPA
EMERALD COASTIN': A fire rescue truck on the Hillsborough River, dyed for the River O'Green Fest.
The waters around downtown Tampa will soon turn from brown to green.
On Monday the City of Tampa announced that its annual River O’Green St. Patrick’s Day celebration returns Saturday, March 8, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The free festival will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and features live music, kid-friendly activities, food trucks and beer.
“I love seeing the hundreds of people who come downtown, decked out in green gear, for a day full of food and fun. Tampa Downtown Partnership President and CEO Lynda Remund said in a press release.
The Irish-themed fest was first celebrated in 2012 when Bob Buckhorn was mayor, and is put together in conjunction with the partnership.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor will sound the horn at 11 a.m. and start the process of dyeing the Hillsborough River green between the Cass Street Bridge and Kennedy Bridge. The release said the dye is non-toxic, biodegradable, and certified to meet National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 60 for use in and around drinking water.