30A goes green for St. Patty's Day (PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 09:59 AM.

At parade's end at Gulf Place, revelers will find commemorative T-shirts, arts and crafts, including knitted jewelry, wood carving, face painting, and a variety of food and drinks such as green beer and corned beef and cabbage. Marie's Bistro is returning and Messina's will both serve traditional Irish fare. Redd's Fueling Station will join them.

In addition, this year, whiskey tastings will be offered.

Irish dancers from the Drake School of Irish Dance, and a band, which is set to begin playing at 5 p.m., will take the Gulf Place stage.

Headlining is the Celtic rock band Cleghorn from Texas, which Vizard said he has been trying get for two years.

"They will be bringing a bagpipe and flutes with them," he said. 

New this year is the addition of a performance by Northwest Florida Ballet's of America's Got Talent finalists, Lightwire Theater, which follows the band.

"We expect this celebration to be the best yet," said Vizard.

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