Downtown Indianapolis Family Friend St Patricks Day Events

Dated: 02/22/2016

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The Greater Indianapolis area has a rich Irish heritage, and, therefore, for many Hoosiers, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most important days of the year. While many of Indianapolis’ bars celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in their own way, they are not open to patrons under the age of 21. Fortunately, there are many family-friendly events in the city scheduled around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

Downtown Indianapolis Canal

Every year, the Hoosier Lottery dyes the canal downtown green. This will the 20th year that the canal has been dyed green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The greening event will occur on Wednesday, March 16th, in the canal near the intersections of Ohio Street and West Street between the hours of 5:00pm and 6:00pm. The canal will actually be dyed around 5:45pm, but, until then, there will live a performance by Eunan McIntyre and free hats provided by the Hoosier Lottery.

Parade Route

The City of Indianapolis will hold its Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the 36th time on Thursday, March 17th. High schools bands, catholic schools, floats, Irish organizations, and bag pipes, among other things, are all in the annual parade. The parade starts at the intersection of Pennsylvania Street and North Street. From there, it goes south and turns west onto Ohio Street. Then, it turns back north on Meridian Street. It finishes at the intersection of Vermont Street and Meridian Street. The parade, which is free and open to the public, starts at 11:30am. 

Block Party

Following the parade, families should check out the giant block party held on Vermont Street between Meridian Street and Pennsylvania Street. It will start at 10:00am and end at 3:00pm on March 17th. The block party is open to all ages. However, patrons must be at least 21 years old to enter the block party’s beer garden. In addition to the beer garden, there will be live music, Irish merchandise, and food vendors. All proceeds from this event will go to the Indy Sports Foundation. This group helps fund many youth sports organizations in the area. 

Shamrock Run and Walk

On Saturday, March 19th, there will be a four-mile run and walk to close out the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations downtown. This annual event, called the Shamrock Run and Walk, will be held for the 25th time this year. The run starts at 10:00am, and it is enjoyed yearly by thousands of participants. Runners should dress up in green or something else with an Irish theme. The run starts at Monument Circle, heads out to Fountain Square and then returns to Circle. Participants who register before March 9th will receive a commemorative long-sleeve shirt. The race has timing and scoring, and awards are given to the top male and female participants.

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