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You’ll think you have the luck of the Irish when you visit downtown Tampa on Saturday, March 15.

From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. the city of Tampa will once again celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big, green way with a free street fest and dyeing of the Hillsborough River.

There will be free entertainment, including Irish band Lucid Druids, Tampa Gymnastic and Dance Show Stars, and the Scariff Hardiman School of Irish Dance on the Krewe of Shamrock stage. Food trucks and kids activities, including games, Inflatables, arts and crafts, Lucky Charms Eating contest and Irish Jig contest in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will round out the day.

The big attraction, however, will be the Hillsborough River getting dyed a vibrant kelly green between Cass Street Bridge and Kennedy Bridge in celebration of the day.

The dye is non-toxic, and biodegradable.

Anyone who brings three non-perishable food items will receive a green “Saint Patrick’s Army” shirt provided by the Salvation Army. All donations will benefit the Salvation Army.

Curtis Hixon Park is at 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa.

For information, visit the city’s website.

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