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Bagpipes, beads and beer livened up a past St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ybor City. Up to 30,000 people are expected this year.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2007)

Bagpipes, beads and beer livened up a past St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ybor City. Up to 30,000 people are expected this year.

The bead begging continues Saturday at yet another parade, this one in honor of all things Irish and green.

The Rough Riders' St. Patrick's Day parade starts at 8 p.m. on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Dave McKay of WQYK-FM 99.5 will serve as grand marshal.

Now in its 14th year, the parade will include about 90 floats, marching bands and dignitaries. Members of various Gasparilla krewes will toss green beads and coins.

Inspired by Teddy Roosevelt and the real Rough Riders, the krewe has no particular connection to Ireland, but members always "Irish it up'' for the parade with green glasses, hats and other accessories, said organizer Mike Thompson.

About 20,000 to 30,000 people are expected to attend, making it the area's largest St. Patrick's Day party. It's considered one of the tamer parades, attracting parents and their little leprechauns. The free event intentionally ends about 10 p.m., before the late-night bar crowd arrives.

After the parade, the Rough Riders are hosting a party for krewes and their guests at the Cuban Club. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Other weekend events include the Rough Riders' 6th Annual Street Car Hop in Channelside and Ybor City. The hop runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday at bars and restaurants along the streetcar route, including the Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Rock 'N Sports and Bennigan's. The streetcar operates until 2 a.m. Tickets are $30. (813) 248-1898;

Susan Thurston, Times staff writer

. Get your green on

"World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade"

This costumed pub crawl doesn't have to be long to be fun. Pull on a St. Patrick's Day costume or hat and beads, bring flags and posters and parade (between drinks!) your way along the Clearwater Causeway to the Tiki Deck (for more drinks). Returns to Tommy Duff's for more tent party fun with music by Unclaimed Baggage and the Orb's. 5:05 p.m. Tue. Tommy Duff's Irish Aviation Pub, 126 Island Way, Clearwater. Free. (727) 449-1366.

Irish Festival

A three-day St. Patrick's celebration with a traditional Irish breakfast of eggs, sausage, rashers, potatoes and baked beans imported from Ireland (served 10 a.m.-noon Sat.-Sun. only). Festival continues with Irish musicians, dancers, bay area rock bands, giveaways, contests and Irish food and drink (noon-3 a.m. Sat.-Sun.). Traditional St. Patrick's celebration held Tue.. 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Sat.-Sun; 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Tue. Dubliner Irish Pub, 12836 Henderson Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 300-2076.

Leprechaun Toss Cornhole Tournament

Celebrate St. Patty's Day a bit early by tossing some corn feed bags. Each team of two gets three matches. Noon-4 p.m. Sun. Wings Gone Wild, 3114 Bay To Bay Blvd., Tampa. $50 per team, spectators free. (877) 820-2582.

Two-Day St. Patrick's Tent Celebration

Two days of corned beef and cabbage, burgers, Irish drinks and live entertainment. Includes Windbreakers (4 p.m. Mon.), Irish Dancers (5 and 6:30 p.m. Mon.), the Black Honkeys (8 p.m. Mon.) and bagpipers (all night Mon.); The Holligans (11 a.m. Tue.), Irish Dancers (3 p.m. Tue.), Pooka Irish Band and Dancers (4 p.m. Tue.), Otis Velt and the Old School Band (8 p.m. Tue.) and bagpipers (all night Tue.). Begins 4 p.m. Mon. and 11 a.m. Tue. O'Keefe's, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. $5-$10 (food and drink extra). (727) 442-9034.

St. Patrick's Day Irish Street Party

Wiregrass Mall's inner streets will be blocked off and full of beer, music and food. Refrigerated trailer with nine taps of Irish beer. Live music hits the stage from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Portion of the proceeds benefits Relay for Life. 10-2 a.m. Tue. Brass Tap, 2000 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel. $5. (813) 991-4343.

St. Patty's Day Party

One of three Guinness-endorsed bars in Tampa Bay throws an all-day party with lots of beer, Irish whiskey, car bombs (the drink, not attempted murder), corned beef and cabbage and more. 11 a.m. Tue. Tank's Tap Room, 13150 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. No cover, food and drink individually priced. (813) 961-2337;

St. Patrick's Day Celebration 2009

MacDinton's says this is "the place to be seen in your green." A daylong celebration with live music by the Go Daddies, Irish dancers, bagpipers, drink specials, food and more. 11 a.m. Tue. MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $10 after 5 p.m. (813) 251-8999.

St. Patrick's Day Street Festival

Main Street Dunedin comes alive with Irish festivities including entertainment by Noel Cooney, Jeff Glover, the Dunedin Pipe Band, Irish dancers and a traditional Irish session. Also, Irish banger sandwiches, corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd's pie and plenty of beer (yes, green, too). 11 a.m. Tue. Flanagan's Irish Pub, 465 Main St., Dunedin. Free (food and drink charges separate). (727) 736-4994;

St. Patrick's Day Tent Party

An all-day tent party with bagpipers, DJ, Irish dancers, green beer, haddock and chips, Dublin coddle (that's a stew) and plenty more. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Tue. Mixers Bar, 3430 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. No cover, food and drink individually priced. (727) 787-2710.

St. Patrick's Day Bike Bash

Have a roaring holiday with corned beef, music and a motorcycle show with vendors selling leather goods, patches, pins, helmets and other motorcycle gear. Also, door prizes, raffles and drinks. 4-11:30 p.m. Sat. Iron Coffins, 15713 Madeline Drive, Hudson. $10 donation, singles; $15 donation, couples. (727) 868-4273.

The tossin' o' the green 03/11/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 4:30am]
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