St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Thursday, March 17 is one of the most celebrated days in the United States. Revelers across the country will be breaking out the green clothes and shamrocks as the head out to drink green beer and listen to music played on fiddles, fifes, and drums. Tampa is planning to party in style for 2016 and the Irish culture will be well-represented in the Tampa Bay area.
The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will continue over two weeks this year, beginning this Saturday, March 12, and running through March 20. Here are some of the activities you can enjoy throughout the extended St. Patrick’s day holiday.
The Rough Riders annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in Ybor City on March 12.
The free, family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival will also be held Saturday at the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A St. Practice Pub Crawl is scheduled for downtown St. Petersburg beginning at 5 p.m. at Yard of Ale and continuing to MacDinton’s, Caddy’s on Central, Rowdies Den and The One Night Stand.
The day-long St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival in Dunedin on March 17 is expected to see thousands of guests. Vendors, food concessions and concerts will be stationed in the city’s Pioneer Park and entertainers will include the City of Dunedin Bag Pipers, Irish folk singers Cage O’Hanlon and Peter Robinson, Irish folk dancers the Mighty Fine Peppers and Lucid Druid.
The famed Four Green Fields on 205 W. Platt St. will be hosting Irish balladeer Derek Warfield and The Young Wolftones and authentic Irish food will be served all day and into the night.
O’Keefe’s Tavern and Grill at 1219 S. Fort Harrison Ave.in Clearwater boasts one of the longest running St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the state. A big outside tent opens at 11 a.m. with green beer, live entertainment, and favorite Irish foods. Entertainment includes the Irish Buskers, Rift Rafters and Dueling Irish Pianos.
O’Brien’s at 15435 N. Dale Mabry Highway is holding a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with music all day. Scheduled performers include The Wyndbreakers Irish Band, Traditional Irish Stepdancers, Wild Ginger, Celtic Kirk, and the Tampa Pipe and Drum Band. There’s a $10 cover charge for the event.
Next Saturday, The Mayor’s River O’Green Fest, the City of Tampa’s official annual Saint Patrick’s Day family-friendly event will be held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The free event runs to 4 p.m. with live entertainment, games, kids activities, and offerings from local restaurants. Children especially enjoy the greening of the Hillsborough River, which will start at about 10:30 or 11 a.m.
The annual Lucky Dill St. Paddy’s Bash begins Monday and runs through March 17 at the deli on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. The Irish Ramblers from Dublin will be performing and more than 10,000 pounds of corned beef and cabbage are expected to be served.
Flanagan’s will have live Irish music in the pub beginning the night of March 12 and continuing every night through St. Patrick’s Day.