TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The Hillsborough River will once again turn green for St. Patrick’s Day, but first, Tampa city officials need to test the dye out.
On Friday morning, city workers tested some of the green coloring for the 8th Annual Mayor’s River O’ Green Fest. The boat carrying the dye looped around a small portion of the river and formed what appeared to be a shamrock. This year, the festival will be held the day before St. Patrick’s Day: Saturday, March 16. That day, most of the river will transform to a vibrant shade of green.
Officials have said the coloring is a non-toxic product and biodegradable, making it safe for both humans and wildlife. They said it is used in food, and even during eye surgeries to trace blood vessels.
Mayor’s River O’ Green Fest will kick off at 11 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. There will be live music, food trucks, games like Cabbage Toss and a Leprechaun Costume Contest, and, of course, beer.
For more information on the festival, head over to the event’s website.