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Ritz Ybor taking part in nationwide ‘Dre Day’ parties

If you’ve still got those Dickies pants, snap-back Starter caps and flannel shirts sitting around from the ‘90s, Thursday is the night to throw them on and head to Ybor City.

The Ritz Ybor joins cities around the country this week hosting 49th birthday celebrations for Andre Young, better known as the hip-hop producer and West Coast culture icon, Dr. Dre.

Annual “Dre Day” parties started in Minneapolis in 2003, and have since spread to dozens of places including Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto and Austin, Texas, according to Vice’s music blog Noisey.

Dr. Dre won’t be at the Ritz Ybor, but DJs will play music and videos from his multi-platinum albums “The Chronic” and “The Chronic 2001,” as well as other Dre-related tracks, beginning at 10 p.m.

There will be a performance by M.C. Troi Benjamin and a special West Coast tribute performance by Louis Jr., according to the Ritz’s website. There will also be a “The Chronic” photo booth, a West Coast costume competition, dance contests with cash prizes and giveaways from event sponsors Pabst Blue Ribbon and Colt 45.

In tribute to the 1994 hit “Gin and Juice,” the bar will have a $3 gin and juice special during the event.

Dr. Dre, whose birthday is Feb. 18, rose to fame as a founding member of the seminal West Coast rap group N.W.A. As a producer, he’s credited with launching the careers of Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent.

In 2008, he teamed with music mogul Jimmy Iovine to found the headphones and electronics brand Beats By Dre.

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