City of Tampa Postpones River O' Green Fest

The city of Tampa has postponed its River O' Green Fest until Sunday because of a cold front that's expected to bring us some rain.

The free event will kick off at 11 am at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park as the Hillsborough River is dyed a "kelly green" for the occasion. This will be the first time the festival has been held since 2019 because of the pandemic.

The Irish-themed celebration will run until 5 pm, and will include live entertainment, plenty of food, and family-friendly activities.

From the Tampa Downtown Partnership:

TAMPA, Fla. – (Wednesday, March 9, 2022) -- The Tampa Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa have moved the date of the upcoming River O’ Green Fest to this Sunday, March 13th due to weather concerns from a cold front approaching on Saturday, March 12th. Presented by Grow Financial, the planned festivities will still take place on Sunday, March 13th in Tampa’s Downtown in the beautiful Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

The free event kicks off at 11am, as the Hillsborough River is transformed into a bright shade of green for the occasion. Visitors can view the river along the Tampa Riverwalk near Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

“We are so excited to bring back this wonderful Tampa tradition,” said Tampa Downtown Partnership President and CEO Lynda Remund. “We haven’t been able to host our signature event since 2019, so we know people are looking forward to putting on their green garb, pulling out their best Irish accent, and celebrating the holiday in the greatest city!”

The Irish-themed celebration runs until 5pm and includes live entertainment, food trucks, beer, and family-friendly activities.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day festival is brought to you by the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa and is sponsored by Grow Financial, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and PBX-change.

"It's been way too long since Tampa got its Irish on, so let's get ready to shamrock and roll at River O'Green 2022," said City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. "One thing we can all a-green on is that this town knows how to paddy,"

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