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13 ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day around Tampa Bay

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St. Patrick's Day officially returns on Monday, but the parties going on around the Tampa Bay area start Friday and go all weekend long. Here's a selection of 13 events ranging from family friendly to adults only.

 

SATURDAY

Mayor's River O'Green Festival: Food trucks, live entertainment, kids' activities and the Hillsborough River turned green are all part of the celebration of St. Patrick's Day with Mayor Bob Buckhorn; 11 a.m. Saturday; free; Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park; 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8211 and www.tampagov.net

Rough Riders' Parade: The St. Patrick's Day parade with the Rough Riders leading the charge rolls through Ybor City. 8 p.m. Saturday; free admission; Seventh Avenue in Ybor City; www .tampa-roughriders.org

PJ Dolans: It's a multi-day celebration at this North Tampa Irish pub with live music on Friday and Saturday on the patio plus all-day fun Monday with a traditional Irish breakfast at 8 a.m., live music all day and Irish dancers performing at 8 p.m.; $5 cover after 3 p.m. Monday; PJ Dolans, 2836 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa; pjdolans.com

The Dye the River Green Brunch Cruise: Yacht Starship takes passengers over the dyed green waters of the Hillsborough River as they dine on an Irish brunch buffet complete with corned beef and cabbage, green beer and Irish music; 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Saturday; $39.95 and $49.95 plus $1 port fee and tax; Yacht Starship, 603 Channelside Dr., Tampa; (813) 223-7999 and www.yachtstarship.com

The Dubliner Irish Pubs: Head to the pubs in Citrus Park and South Tampa for all things Irish including St. Puppy's Day on Saturday (2 to 6 p.m.) with pet costume contest benefiting the Humane Society; a traditional Irish Brunch with live entertainment and dancers on Sunday; and a lunch buffet (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) with dancers, contests, green beer and outdoor festival; Pubs are at 12836 Henderson Road and 2307 W. Azeele St., Tampa; www .thedublineririshpub.com

Irish 31: The Hyde Park Village pub has a three-day street festival scheduled with bands, a trip to Ireland giveaway, a sexiest Leprechaun contest and kids' activities; 3 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday and 3 p.m. Monday; $15 to $150 (VIP); Irish 31, 1611 Swann Ave., Tampa; www.Irish31.com

O'Keefe's Family Tavern and Grille: A three-day event starting at 4 p.m. Saturday under the big-top tent with live entertainment; on Sunday at noon there will be live music, Irish dancers, a rock wall and a bounce house; and noon Monday there will be face painting, dancing and live entertainment with “tons of corned beef and cabbage” and gallons of green beer; O'Keefe's Family Tavern, 1219 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater; www.okeefestavernonline.com

MacDinton's SoHo: One of the largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the area starts with a St. “Practice” Day at 3 p.m. Saturday, with live music starting on two stages along with Irish dancers, bagpipes and an Irish buffet; On Monday, St. Patrick's Day, doors open at 11 a.m. Live music starts at 3 p.m., followed by more Irish dancing and bagpipes at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. MacDinton's, 405 S. Howard Ave., Tampa; (813) 251-8999 and www.macdintons.com MacDinton's Jannus: A similar celebration as its sister pub with live music Saturday and Monday; MacDinton's Jannus, 242 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg; www.macdintons.com/Jannus-St-Petersburg

St. Patrick's Day Bash: Celebrate the Irish holiday with games, Guinness, dancing, kids' activities, live music and the Mulligan's Cup Golf Tournament on Saturday; $5 cover on Monday. Mulligans Irish Pub at Wentworth, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs; (727) 942-4760 and at 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa.

Cricketers: The three-day parking-lot party begins Saturday with live bands, green beer, and everything Irish; free and free parking; Cricketers British Pub & Restaurant, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin; (727) 736-1322

 

SUNDAY

The Dubliner Irish Pubs: Head to the pubs in Citrus Park and South Tampa for all things Irish including St. Puppy's Day on Saturday (2 to 6 p.m.) with pet costume contest benefiting the Humane Society; a traditional Irish Brunch with live entertainment and dancers on Sunday; and a lunch buffet (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) with dancers, contests, green beer and outdoor festival; Pubs are at 12836 Henderson Road and 2307 W. Azeele St., Tampa; www .thedublineririshpub.com

Irish 31: The Hyde Park Village pub has a three-day street festival scheduled with bands, a trip to Ireland giveaway, a sexiest Leprechaun contest and kids' activities; 3 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday and 3 p.m. Monday; $15 to $150 (VIP); Irish 31, 1611 Swann Ave., Tampa; www.Irish31.com

Maloney's Local Irish Pub: Maloney's will host a pet-and-family-friendly two-day bash during the day that spills out into the Westchase Village street with live music, bounce houses, craft beer truck on Sunday; on Monday the event includes a cornhole tournament, ice luge, the Cowhead Show and live music 11 a.m. Sunday and Monday; $5 cover after 3 on Monday; Maloney's Local Irish Pub, 9540 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa; www.maloneyslocalirishpub.com

O'Keefe's Family Tavern and Grille: A three-day event starting at 4 p.m. Saturday under the big-top tent with live entertainment; on Sunday at noon there will be live music, Irish dancers, a rock wall and a bounce house; and noon Monday there will be face painting, dancing and live entertainment with “tons of corned beef and cabbage” and gallons of green beer; O'Keefe's Family Tavern, 1219 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater; www.okeefestavernonline.com

Cricketers: The three-day parking-lot party begins Saturday with live bands, green beer, and everything Irish; free and free parking; Cricketers British Pub & Restaurant, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin; (727) 736-1322

 

MONDAY

Flanagan's St. Patrick's Street Festival: The annual St. Patrick's celebration includes Irish entertainment on two stages, including Lucid Druid, Irish Buskers, Celtic Circle, Noel Cooney and Irish dancers, beer trucks, corned beef and cabbage, a children's play area and more; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday; free admission; 465 Main St., Dunedin; (727) 736-4994 and www .saintpatricksdayfestival.com

Claddagh: An explosion of Celtic dance and music with an underlying romantic story line, the performance is reminiscent of shows such as “Fantasticks” and “West Side Story”; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday; $24.50 to $34.50; Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo; (727) 587-6793

Irish 31: The Hyde Park Village pub has a three-day street festival scheduled with bands, a trip to Ireland giveaway, a sexiest Leprechaun contest and kids' activities; 3 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday and 3 p.m. Monday; $15 to $150 (VIP); Irish 31, 1611 Swann Ave., Tampa; www.Irish31.com

Maloney's Local Irish Pub: Maloney's will host a pet-and-family-friendly two-day bash during the day that spills out into the Westchase Village street with live music, bounce houses, craft beer truck on Sunday; on Monday the event includes a cornhole tournament, ice luge, the Cowhead Show and live music 11 a.m. Sunday and Monday; $5 cover after 3 on Monday; Maloney's Local Irish Pub, 9540 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa; www.maloneyslocalirishpub.com

MacDinton's SoHo: One of the largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the area starts with a St. “Practice” Day at 3 p.m. Saturday, with live music starting on two stages along with Irish dancers, bagpipes and an Irish buffet; On Monday, St. Patrick's Day, doors open at 11 a.m. Live music starts at 3 p.m., followed by more Irish dancing and bagpipes at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. MacDinton's, 405 S. Howard Ave., Tampa; (813) 251-8999 and www.macdintons.com MacDinton's Jannus: A similar celebration as its sister pub with live music Saturday and Monday; MacDinton's Jannus, 242 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg; www.macdin tons.com/Jannus-St-Petersburg

St. Patrick's Day Bash: Celebrate the Irish holiday with games, Guinness, dancing, kids' activities, live music and the Mulligan's Cup Golf Tournament on Saturday; $5 cover on Monday. Mulligans Irish Pub at Wentworth, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs; (727) 942-4760 and at 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa.

Cricketers: The three-day parking-lot party begins Saturday with live bands, green beer, and everything Irish; free and free parking; Cricketers British Pub & Restaurant, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin; (727) 736-1322

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