St. Patrick’s Day has become well-known for plenty o’ fun (and, of course, green beer). This Thursday is the mark of another year to celebrate Irish culture and good old St. Patrick. Around the world, honoring the anniversary of this legendary priest’s death in 461 has become synonymous with a good time. Though New York City is the established home of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the U.S., there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa Bay and join in festivities for some full-throttle fun.
Here is the ultimate guide to spending St. Paddy’s Day—whether you’re in Tampa, St. Pete or Clearwater, Fla.
#1 O’Keefe’s Family Tavern and Grille
1219 S Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater
Head to Clearwater and grab a drink at O’Keefe’s annual tent party, starting at 11am Friday, March 17. Irish buskers (a.k.a street performers), dueling Irish pianists, bagpipes, face paint, rock wall climbing, corned beef and cabbage. What more could you ask for? Oh, of course. Green beer. Cover is $5 for adults after 5pm, and parking is free in the Morton Plant lots—free shuttle service included! This is one party you won’t want to miss.
#2 Courigan’s Irish Pub
1 Beach Dr SE # 41, St. Petersburg
If you find yourself in St. Pete this Friday, Courigan’s Irish Pub is the place to be. This downtown hangout will host its 6th annual block party. The party starts at 9:30 a.m., with “Kegs ‘n’ Eggs,” live music and plenty to drink.
#3 MacDinton’s SoHo
405 South Howard Avenue, Tampa
Be seen in green this year at MacDinton’s St. Patrick’s Day party, starting at 11 a.m. this Friday. Full Irish food menu, bagpipers, dancers and whiskey specials. No cover before 5 p.m., and a block party fundraiser to help Everyday Heroes “My Warrior’s Place.”
#4 Dunedin St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
465 Main Street, Dunedin
Flannagan’s Irish Pub in Dunedin takes the St. Paddy celebrations to a different level. This is the area’s largest party, drawing thousands for a street festival with activities, food and beverages you will not want to miss.
#5 St. Pup-trick’s Adoptable Pup Parade
1611 W Swann Ave., Tampa
Pet lovers, rejoice! Adoptable pups donned in Irish-inspired costumes will strut their stuff in a pet parade outside Irish 31 Westchase, starting at 4 p.m.
Wherever you choose to spend St. Patrick’s Day this year, be sure to have a good and certainly green time. For more area events and things to do, check here.
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