TAMPA, Fla. — The 8th annual Mayor’s River O’Green Fest was a success by all accounts. 

“If you’ve been in Chicago and you’ve seen them turn their river green, this, it doesn’t compare. This beats it. This is emerald green, it’s gorgeous,” said one pair of visitors who had attended similar celebrations in Chicago and Denver.

The Hillsborough River was dyed at 11 a.m. with spectators viewing from the shore and the water. An orange powered dye was released and once it made contact with the water, it turned bright green.

It wasn't just the river that was sporting the emerald hue.

“The river is bright neon green, my beer is green, it’s really hot. We are wearing green. It’s a good day, it’s a great day,” a pair of friends said.

For some, the day was about celebrating their heritage. For others, it was about family. For many, it was about drinking beer and having a good time.

The emcee, Patty O'Furniture summed it up well. 

"My eighth year, eighth year here at River O’Green it gets better every time. Can you believe it’s 2019 already and the last year for our Mayor Bob Buckhorn. But he promises that his successor will be keeping this going. Fingers crossed.”

With the runoff election still ongoing, fans of the event hope that the new mayor does take up the reigns of the Mayor’s River O’Green Fest so Tampa residents can enjoy it for years to come. 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In case you're looking for something to do this St. Patrick's Day weekend, we've got you covered. The annual celebration of local food, beer and wine returns Saturday and runs weekends through April 28.

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