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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 15 & 16, Downtown Indianapolis

March 17 is just around the corner, and that means St. Patty’s Day, the wearing of the green, and the pinching of anyone who isn’t. It’s green beer, the green canal in downtown Indianapolis, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Thursday, March 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 will see the greening of the canal at the Indiana Historical Society. And from 4:45 – 5:45, singer-songwriter Eunan McIntyre from County Donegal, Ireland, will perform music from his five albums. (Follow him on Twitter (@EunanMcIntyre) before he arrives.)

St Patrick Days Parade IndianapolisAnd on Friday, March 15, at 11:30 am, the 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at North and Pennsylvania. You’ll see high school bands, floats, Irish dancers, bagpipes, Irish civic organizations, and local dignitaries.

You can also visit the parade’s festival from 10 am – 3:00 pm on Vermont Street. They’ll have live entertainment, food, interactive displays, and a hospitality tent. Both the parade and the festival are free and open to the public. Both the parade and festival will be held rain or shine.

On Saturday, March 16h at 10 am, the 22nd Annual Shamrock Run and Walk takes place on Monument Circle in downtown Indy. The race is open to people of all ages, speeds, and abilities. You can participate in the 4-mile Run (and get timed), and the 4-mile Fitness Walk (untimed). The course heads south from the Circle, down through Fountain Square, and finishes back on the Circle.

After the race, stick around for ShamRockin’ the Circle. You’ll enjoy live entertainment, food, a beer garden with $5 beer, and green zone/activities. You have to pre-register by March 9 to receive a long-sleeve commemorative participant t-shirt. On the music stage, listen to Eunan McIntyre, Elevation: A Tribute to U2, and Mother Grove. Traditional Irish food will be available from the Columbia Club, and not-so-traditional food from different food trucks. You can also purchase Irish merchandise from merchants.

If you can’t wait until September’s regular Irish Fest, then you’ll definitely want to hang out on the Circle on March 16 to enjoy ShamRockin’ the Circle. And be sure to check out the other events throughout the week, starting with the Greening of the Canal.

Photo credit: KennethKonica (Flickr, Creative Commons)

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