The River Of Green Fest back in Tampa The city of Tampa is getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with its annual River O’Green Fest. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the festival will be back on March 18, 2023, and promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The festival will take place at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and will feature live music, food trucks, kids’ activities, and of course, beer. The highlight of the festival is the dyeing of the Hillsborough River a deep shade of emerald green, which will take place at 11 a.m. that day.
The dye used to color the river is potable water grade, nontoxic, and biodegradable, so it won’t harm the environment or wildlife. It’s used primarily by plumbers to trace leaks and in search-and-rescue efforts in large bodies of water.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor will sound the horn to start the process of dyeing the river green, and the festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is free, so it’s a great way to enjoy a day full of food and fun while supporting local businesses.
The River O’Green Fest has become a beloved tradition in Tampa since it began in 2012 when Bob Buckhorn was mayor. After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, residents and visitors are excited to once again come together and celebrate all that makes Tampa great. So, grab your green gear and join in on the fun! TBT