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A child gets into the St. Patty's spirit, Photo courtesy City of Tampa

BY TERRI BRYCE REEVES

 

No matter what your nationality, March 17th brings St. Patrick’s Day and your chance to be an Irishman – or Irishwoman – for a day. Aye, there will be plenty o’ partying going on all over the Southeast, but some of the biggest, finest, greenest celebrations are in Tampa, St. Augustine and Savannah. In all cases, make your travel arrangements as soon as possible and arrive early to claim a good viewing spot.

Tampa will dye its river a bright Kelly green. Photo courtesy City of Tampa

TAMPA — March 18
The City o’ Tampa will dye the Hillsborough River a bright Kelly green at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18th, with a dye that is non-toxic and biodegradable for the Mayor’s River O’ Green Fest. Mayor Bob Buckhorn, of Irish decent, will lead the celebration which includes live entertainment, games, kids’ activities, food trucks, restaurants serving Irish faire, beer, and more. New activities this year include a River O’ Green Run/Walk at 9 a.m. as well as a Pot O’ Gold scavenger hunt. The entire family is welcome including the four-legged
variety. The Hillsborough River gets dyed at 11 a.m. and festivities continue until 4 p.m. at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa. Admission is free. Visit
RiverOGreen.com for the full schedule.

St Augustine’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Photo courtesy
The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

ST. AUGUSTINE — March 10–12
Founded in 1565 by colonists from the northern Celtic region of Spain, St. Augustine has an amazing Celtic history. Learn more about it at the 7th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, set for March 10-12 in downtown St. Augustine. It features internationally acclaimed Celtic bands, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, live music, and a variety of entertainment on two stages. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11. The festival was voted the Best Festival in St. Augustine and was the 2016 winner of Jacksonville’s Bold City Best Concert/Event. Tickets and schedules are available at CelticStAugustine.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, Copyright, Savannah Morning News,
St Augustine’s used by permission

SAVANNAH, GA. – March 17
What began as a wee celebration in 1813 now draws an estimated 400,000 visitors from all over the world. The city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the second largest in the U.S., behind New York City. Twelve different Irish heritage organizations, numerous Irish families, men and women serving in uniform and many other sponsors and supporters help make it a success. It takes place Friday, March 17, from 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Don’t miss the Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park in the Historic District where green water flows from the mouths of statues. To get a map of the parade and schedule of events visit savannahsaintpatricksday.com

Note: If your city has a newsworthy St. Patrick’s Day celebration, tell us about it in 250 words or less and we’ll consider it for next March’s publication.

Email us at Editor@lifestylesafter50.com and include your or the organizer’s contact information

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