Luck of the Irish in Tampa

TAMPA — Dori Angelis gazed at the Hillsborough River in awe.

"It's green," the 10-year-old said. "Cool."

Angelis was at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday afternoon for the Mayor's River O'Green Fest. The free annual St. Patrick's Day event featured Irish music, food trucks and activities for children.

Dressed in all shades of green, hundreds of people packed the park to witness as 200 pounds of dye turned the river a bright kelly green. Crowds enjoying the sunshine sat on blankets while dancers performed to Irish tunes and children played bean bag toss games.

"This is perfect weather," said Angelis' mother, Aurelis Carrillo. "It's a nice way to spend time with the family."

Sixto and Gladys Feliciano, of Oldsmar, had originally planned to head to Universal Studios in Orlando on Saturday, but instead decided to check out the festival.

"We have no regrets," Gladys Feliciano said. "Where else can you come enjoy all this? And, it's free."

While many lined up to purchase food from about a dozen food trucks, the longest wait belonged to the beer.

The fun continued Saturday night as krewes from across Florida gathered in Ybor City for the Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade, complete with beads, floats and more.

The Hillsborough River is dyed Kelly Green as a part of Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s third annual River O’Green festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday in Tampa. The dye is potable water grade, nontoxic and biodegradable; it is used primarily to trace leaks and in search-and-rescue efforts in large bodies of water. For more information, visit tampagov.net/riverogreen. For video, go to Links in today’s Times at tampabay.com.

KENT NISHIMURA | Times

The Hillsborough River is dyed Kelly Green as a part of Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s third annual River O’Green festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday in Tampa. The dye is potable water grade, nontoxic and biodegradable; it is used primarily to trace leaks and in search-and-rescue efforts in large bodies of water. For more information, visit tampagov.net/riverogreen. For video, go to Links in today’s Times at tampabay.com.

Luck of the Irish in Tampa 03/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 11:28pm]

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