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Go green for St. Patrick's Day weekend (w/video)

The real day for the wearing of the green isn't until Monday, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of ways to connect with your inner leprechaun between now and then.

St. Patrick's Day events get rolling at an array of Tampa Bay venues Friday night, but Saturday things really get moving as about 200 pounds of dye (it's actually orange) will turn the Hillsborough River a bright kelly green for the River O'Green Fest around Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. There will be entertainment, games, kids activities, food trucks and beer.

Admission is free, and well-behaved pets on leashes are also welcome. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Krewes from across Florida will be in Ybor City for Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade, complete with beads, floats and more. The action gets under way at 8 p.m.

Across the bay in Pinellas County, Vanilla Ice will be at Shepard's Beach Resort at 8 p.m. Admission is $15.

If you prefer a little exercise before celebrating, there are two green-themed runs waiting for you.

The Shamrock'n Run Friday night at Ulmer Park, 301 W Bay Drive, Largo. The St. Paddy's-themed event includes a 5K competitive run, a 1.5-mile walk, a kids Clover Dash, music by 3 Pint Harmony, food and drinks. The price is $20 for the 5K, $15 for the 1.5-mile walk and $7 for the Clover Dash.

The Bolt Run to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is Saturday morning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The three events, 5-mile, 5K and 1-mile fun run stick to the flat streets along Tampa's waterfront. The 5-mile starts at 7 a.m., followed by the 5K at 7:30 and the fun run at 8:30. The $30 entry fee includes tickets to an upcoming home Lightning game, pre- and postrace parties and a commemorative T-shirt.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Go green for St. Patrick's Day weekend (w/video) 03/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 7:42am]
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