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Hillsborough River goes green for St. Patrick's Day

TAMPA (WFLA) - The City of Tampa is turning the Hillsborough River green on Saturday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The dyeing of the river is part of the annual Mayor's River O' Green Festival. St. Patrick's Day 2018 marks the 7th year of the festival in Downtown Tampa.

City officials will start turning the river green at 11 a.m. The city uses a dye that is safe for both humans and wildlife. Organizers say it's used in food and in surgeries to trace blood vessels.

Also starting at 11 a.m., festival-goers can enjoy food trucks, Irish beer and St. Patrick's Day activities. 

Saturday's celebration is being held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, right along the Hillsborough River.

The fun kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the River O' Green Ride, a guided group bike ride along the Riverwalk. 

At 9:30 a.m., people will lace up for the 2-mile River O' Green Gallop on the Riverwalk.

The festival also includes a Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt, followed by a Shamrock Scavenger Crawl.

You can learn more about all of the festivities on the official River O' Green website.

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