Come celebrate the Irish in the St Petersburg-Tampa Bay Area this weekend! Here are just a few of the MANY ways to join in the fun! But first, a toast or two-Sliante!

May your heart be light and happy,
May your smile be big and wide,
And may your pockets always have
a coin or two inside!

There are good ships, and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, are friendships,
And may they always be.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 11:00am        St. Patrick’s Day River O’Green Fest

Curtis Hixon Park, N Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida

For the third year, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by dyeing the Hillsborough River with a bright green, bio-degradable dye. In addition, there will be Irish entertainment including Guinness and Cigar City beer for sale, performances by Lucid Druids, Tampa Gymnastic and Dance Show Stars and the Scariff Hardiman School of Irish Dance, a children’s area, inflatables, arts and crafts and more. Bring three nonperishable food items and you’ll get a green “Saint Patrick’s Army” shirt provided by the Salvation Army.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 11:00am     Shamrock and Roll

Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk  333 S Franklin St., Tampa    The Sail Pavilion celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a party in the 360-degree waterfront bar featuring daily attractions. Also Sunday & Monday

Saturday, March 15, 2014 1:00pm       St. Practice Day MacDinton’s Irish Pub St. Petersburg

242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg

MacDinton’s St. Pete starts the St. Patrick’s Day parties with a practice run featuring Irish dancing girls and music by the Bars and Guitars Band (2-5 p.m.), Green Light Go (7-10 p.m.) and a special performer (11 p.m.-3 a.m.) on the MacDinton’s stage; and Velvet Jones (noon-3:30 p.m.), Mighty Mongo (4-7 p.m.) and Justin Rhodes (9 p.m.-midnight) on the Jannus Live! stage

Saturday, March 15, 2014 3:00pm      Paddy Fest

Irish 31  1611 W Swann Ave., Tampa

PaddyFest is back with a three day street festival including music by the Chris McCarty Band, Seven Nations and U2 tribute band UV, a St. Patrick look-a-like contest, sexy leprechaun contest, balloon art, food, drink, a corn hole tournament, kid’s zone and LED walls showing March Madness. $15, 18 and younger free (general); $60 (all inclusive); $150 (VIP).

Saturday, March 15, 2014 5:00pm     O’Keefe’s Family Tavern and Grille’s St. Patrick’s Weekend Party

1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater

Annual tent party with corned beef and cabbage, green beer, Irish drinks, dancers, bagpipers, face painter, rock climbing, balloon artists, bounce house, flame throwers and live music by the Paper Stanleys and Pitbull Toddler (Saturday); Tomaura and the Black Honkeys (Sunday); and Tomaura, Orlando Irish and Greg Billings (Monday). $5-$10.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:00pm       Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Night Parade

Downtown Ybor City E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa

Krewes from across Florida celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with beads, floats and more.  Trolley services will temporarily end in Ybor City from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday-Monday March 15th-17, 2014    Clockwork Knotwork & The Craic Show play at Lucky Dill Deli

33180 U.S. Hwy. 19 N. Palm Harbor   SATURDAY: “The CRAIC SHOW” 9pm- midnight.
SUNDAY: 3:30-9:30pm
MONDAY: 3-9pm

Monday, March 17, 2014 11:00am    St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival  Flanagan’s Irish Pub 465 Main St., Dunedin

Flanagan’s 12th annual party with children’s activities, live music by Lucid Druid, the Irish Buskers, Noel Cooney, Bob Larrivee, Evergreen, Celtic Circle, the Dunedin Pipe Band, Irish Step Dancers, traditional Irish food, beer and more.

Monday, March 17, 2014 6:00pm     Three Birds, Three Pints St. Patrick’s Day

Three Birds 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg   The indoor/outdoor all ages party features traditional Irish fare, Irish dancers and live entertainment by Mac Perry.