Showers and thunderstorms, some severe, along with high southerly winds are forecast for Monday, St. Patrick’s Day.
The National Weather Service has some bad news for those planning to celebrate the luck of the Irish this year.
Chance of precipitation on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, is 90 percent. Forecasters add that storms could be severe with damaging winds, which wreak havoc on tents set up for outdoor fun. Partygoers and organizers should prepare for south winds of 15 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph. As much as an inch of rain is expected.
Rain chances drop to 80 percent Monday night and winds should become calm. A possibility of severe storms persists through the night. Sunny skies should return by Tuesday afternoon.
Local outdoor celebrations
Several venues have plans for outdoors St. Patrick’s Day events.
• The final day of O’Keefe’s Family Tavern and Grill, 1219 S. Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater, on Monday, 11 a.m. 1 a.m. is supposed to include kids’ activities from noon to 5 p.m. with a rock wall, face painter and balloon artist. Planned entertainment features performances by Tomaura, Orlando’s Irish Band with Irish Dancers and Greg Billings Band. Call 442-9034 or visit www.okeefestavernonline.com.
• Flanagan’s Irish Pub plans to celebrate its 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival on Monday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. This daylong celebration on Main Street in Dunedin includes many Irish festivities including entertainment by Lucid Druid, The Irish Buskers, Noel Cooney and Bob Larrivee, Evergreen, Celtic Circle +, the Dunedin Pipe Band and Irish dancers. For the kids there is a child’s craft area, face painters and balloonist.
Traditional Irish fare, including shepherd’s pie, fish n’ chips, banger sandwiches, corned beef and cabbage, along with hamburgers and hot dogs is on the menu. Plenty of Guinness and other favorite beers (including green), wine, soda and water will also be available. Inside the pub, patrons can try some Irish whiskey, a car bomb (that’s a drink!) or a Baby Guinness shot.
Plans call for the crowning of the first annual Miss St. Patrick’s Day Queen. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland sponsored by the New World Celts. Drawing will be at 10 p.m. and you do not need to be present to win. Flanagan’s Irish Pub is at 465 Main St., Dunedin. The entertainment is free. For more information, call 727-736-4994 or visit flanagansirishpub.net or saintpatricksdayfestival.com.
• Cricketer's British Pub & Restaurant on Bayshore Boulevard in Dunedin plans to complete it three-day parking lot party on Monday with live bands, face painting, food, cocktails, and more. Parking and event admission are free. Visit www.cricketerspub.com for more information.
• Many of the events at family-friendly Mulligans Irish Pub at Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way in Tarpon Springs, are inside affairs. Offerings include green beer, an Irish buffet and live music. The celebration will spread throughout the Wentworth Golf Club’s pub, banquet room and veranda.
An Irish buffet is featured on St. Patrick’s Day. Ken Keller will play 1 to 5 p.m. Plans call for a photo booth and bounce house from 2 to 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, and Irish party favors given away. The only cover is $3 on Monday, while kids under 15 are free. Call 942-4760, ext. 28 or visit www.WentworthGolfClub.org. There is free parking and admittance through the Wentworth gates.
Inside where it is dry
• Claddagh: An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music will be presented Monday, March 17, 2 and 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Attendees will have an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while experiencing this groundbreaking production by the producers of Celtic Nights and Rhythm of the Dance.
Claddagh is a vivacious music, dance and multi-media spectacular that combines the fire and exuberance of shows such as “Barrage” and “Stomp” while weaving in the rich finesse of the grand Irish productions. With its underlying romantic storyline reminiscent of shows such as “Fantasticks,” “West Side Story” and “Grease,” this production will make this St. Patrick’s Day celebration one to remember. Tickets start at $24.50. Visit LargoArts.com or call 587-6793.
• Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan: The Irish Tenors with Live Orchestra will perform Monday, March 17, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Whenever thoughts turn to Ireland and Irish music, The Irish Tenors immediately spring to mind. Ranked as Ireland’s premier ambassadors of song, they entertain audiences worldwide with a quality of performance which is unrivalled, incomparable and, most importantly in their eyes, worthy of the rich cultural heritage of the country of Ireland and the exquisite musical treasury created by Irish people everywhere throughout history. Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan return with a heartfelt and patriotically charged performance.