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Tampa won’t dye Hillsborough River green this year

River O’Green will resume in 2022.
Dye fills the Hillsborough River during Mayor Bob Buckhorn's second annual Mayor's River O'Green on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. The event celebrated St. Patrick's Day by dying the Hillsborough River kelly green using a potable water grade, non-toxic and biodegradable dye.
Dye fills the Hillsborough River during Mayor Bob Buckhorn's second annual Mayor's River O'Green on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. The event celebrated St. Patrick's Day by dying the Hillsborough River kelly green using a potable water grade, non-toxic and biodegradable dye.
Published Feb. 20
Updated Feb. 20

Tampa, you’ll have to get by with turning your beverages green this March.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa announced Saturday they would not be dyeing the Hillsborough River green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

The event organizers encouraged people to celebrate safely and support local restaurants who offer traditional Irish fare. However, they said Larry the Leprechaun is still scheduled to make cameo appearances around downtown Tampa.

The River O’Green is set to resume in 2022.

Last year, the River O’Green and St. Patrick’s Day parade were canceled as the coronavirus pandemic hit Florida.

The annual tradition started in 2012 when Bob Buckhorn was mayor.

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