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River O’Green returns to downtown Tampa on March 15

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: February 26, 2014 at 09:07 AM

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host the third annual Mayor’s River O’Green, a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, March 15 at downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

During the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Hillsborough River will be dyed kelly green between the Cass Street and Kennedy Boulevard bridges.

There will also be food trucks, music from the Irish band Lucid Druids, entertainment by the Tampa Gymnastic and Dance Show Stars and the Scariff Hardiman School of Irish Dance, and children’s activities.

Admission is free.

“This will be a great, friendly event with lots to do and see,” Buckhorn said. “As the Irish saying goes, ‘at the Mayor’s River O’Green, whatever you do, the luck of the Irish will be there with you.’”

The dye used in the river is a potable variety, non-toxic and biodegradable, according to the city. The dye usually is used to trace leaks and to aid in search-and-rescue efforts in large bodies of water.

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