Just like everywhere else in the country, for one day (or maybe weekend) at least, the Irish dominate Tampa Florida attractions. This Saturday, March 17th, will be no exception as Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated across Tampa Bay.
The main even for St Patricks day this weekend will be the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ybor City. The parade will consist of more than 100 floats and will move down 7th Avenue (La Septima) starting at 8PM Saturday night. Just like any event in Ybor, you should plan on getting their early and staying late. And don’t go if public craziness is not one of your favorite things to participate in, because every parade in Ybor is an adventure!
The Rough Riders, a Gasparilla-style Krewe that celebrates Teddy Roosevelt and his connection to the Tampa Bay area, sponsor the St. Patty’s event every year. The rest of the time they’re doing great community service work.
You don’t have to wait until nighttime to start the St. Patty’s Day fun in Tampa Bay! Starting at 10AM at Curtis Hixon Park you can see plenty of Irish entertainment! The Maryor’s River O’ Green Fest kicks off at 10AM and turns the River green. Channelside is a great place to start your festivities, see the sea go green, then take the Teco Trolley over to Ybor City in time for the St. Patrick’s Night Parade.
This small, thatch roofed building looks like it was plucked from street in Ireland and dropped, intact, in South Tampa. You can start with an Irish buffet for lunch, then spend the rest of St. Patricks Day drinking beer, playing darts (draughts) and being entertained by Irish Dancers and music.
This is how the pros do it:
For a more mainstream, but still authentic Irish flair check out any of the MacDinton’s Irish Pubs. The one on S. Howard Avenue is the original, and still the best! Doors actually open at 8AM and the bar doesn’t close until 3AM the next day. If you’re wearing a costume the cover charge is $10, there’s a $5 penalty for being a stick-in-the-mud and showing up in street clothes. MacDinton’s always has great entertainment and a HUGE crowd, so get there early.
Also tucked away in South Tampa is the Dubliner Irish Pub on Azeele. The Dubliner gets the prize for starting earliest with an Irish Lunch Buffet on Friday midday. It also boasts the only place in Tampa Bay serving Green Miller Light and on Sunday a puppy costume parade – bring 6lbs of dog or cat food as a donation and you’ll get a Guinness for free!
If you’re feeling like mixing a little Spring Break action with your St. Patrick’s Day, check out Pete & Shorty’s on Clearwater Beach from 11AM to Midnight.
The bars and clubs mentioned in this article are ALWAYS a part of Tampa Florida attractions, so you can spend every weekend with the Irish in Tampa Bay!