DUNEDIN, Fla. - The city will have two St. Patrick Day events for those wishing to put on the green this Monday.
The annual block party on Main Street commemorating St. Patrick's Day, Monday, March 17, will be more contained this year - not in spirit but in the boundaries inside which the partying can take place.
The festivities, produced by Flanagan's Irish Pub, will start at 11 a.m. and continue into the evening.
Because of the growing popularity of the event, which attracts thousands of revelers to the downtown entertainment and retailing district, the Sheriff's Office has requested metal fencing be erected to delineate the boundaries of the party area, Robert Ironsmith, the city city's economic development director, told city commissioners. Alcoholic beverages can only be served to party-goers inside the boundaries.
For the downtown St. Patrick's Day celebration Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from west of Douglas Avenue to Highland Avenue between 7 a.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The downtown event includes traditional Irish music and dancers and plenty of food from the Emerald Isle.
This year's other St. Patrick's Day observance will be on the northern end of the city, at the Dunedin Causeway Shopping Plaza. Cricketers British Pub and Restaurant will present the bands Full Fledge Unit and The Stick Martin Show outside and a variety of Irish music inside starting at 4:30 p.m. and going into the night.
Irish food and drinks will be available both inside the restaurant and under a large tent set up in the shopping center parking lot.