Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, as Irish as Paddy’s Pig, announces city will turn Hillsborough River green for St. Patty’s

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host the inaugural Mayor’s River O’Green Fest to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to food trucks, entertainment, and activities, the City will transform the Hillsborough River to a vibrant green.

The Mayor’s River O’Green Fest will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The event, as well as its entertainment and activities, are free and open to the public; however, that will not include vendor items.

“St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate our Irish heritage because everyone knows Ponce de Leon was really Ponce O’Leon, an Irishman,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Bring your family, and enjoy the day in downtown Tampa. This will be a great event with lots to do and see, including a kelly-green Hillsborough River.”

The City of Tampa will dye the Hillsborough River kelly green between Cass Street Bridge and Kennedy Bridge.

Six food trucks will be on hand to satisfy any taste, and there will be activities for children, courtesy of the local museums. Guests will also be to able to enjoy hours of entertainment by local Irish bands and dancers, and enjoy games and fun provided by some of the area’s best sport teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning Street Team.

The event is co-sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, and proceeds from alcohol sales will benefit Realm, the Downtown Partnership’s nonprofit, to help program downtown parks.

You can find out more information about the Mayor’s River O’Green Fest by visiting tampagov.net/riverogreen.

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