Nothing welcomes the arrival of Spring like St. Patrick’s Day in Indianapolis. The shamrocks, the parades, the beer, and the celebration of everything Irish makes this an annual event that no one wants to miss. So, if you live in and around Indianapolis, where do you go to party it up in your monochromatic green apparel? Here’s a list of the top 5 things to do in Indy and where to find them:
1. 23rd Annual Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal
Downtown Indy turns Green on St. Patrick’s Day. Well, at least the canal does! Bring the green seas of the Eire home with a dyeing of the local waters. Following in the tradition of the dyeing of the Chicago River, this annual event sponsored by the Hoosier Lottery is a must-see for locals and visitors alike. See performances by The Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers and other local musicians as well as an appearance by Mayor Hogsett. March 14th at 5 PM. Ohio Street between West Street and Senate.
2. 39th Annual Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Tent Party
This annual celebration of Irish heritage is a sight to see in downtown Indy. The parade itself starts at 11:30 AM but get there early for the tent party which opens to the public at 9 AM. The parade will feature 90 units including floats, balloons, marching bands, Pipe & Drums, Irish dancers, mascots, schools, and VIPs. Be prepared to have a fun-filled afternoon! Event on March 15th from 9 AM to 3 PM. Parade begins at 11:30 AM. Located in downtown Indianapolis on North Street between Meridian Street and Pennsylvania Street.
3. 28th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk
Get your feet to do a jig as your run through downtown Indy dressed to the nines in your Irish gear. Starting at 10 AM on March 16th, this 4 mile run & walk sponsored by the Athletic Club Foundation benefits amateur sports organizations in Central Indiana and the Indy Firefighters Emerald Society. Once you’ve completed the race, keep the celebrations going with live music, food and a beer garden on Mass Ave. Go to www.shamrockrunwalk.com to register. March 16th at 10 AM. 748 Mass. Ave. Indianapolis Fire Fighters Local Union 416.
4. 2019 Georgia Street Blarney Bash
The biggest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day party in Indianapolis is back! From Meridian Street to Pennsylvania Street, enjoy countless entertainments including green beer, full bars, 32 oz Lucky Long Island Iced Teas, DJs, live bands, and big screen TVs showing sports all night. Food will be available from Box Burger Food Truck. Clayton Anderson will be headlining the show so don’t miss this event. Pre-sale tickets are $10, and regular admission is $15 at the door. March 16th from 2 PM to 10 PM at Kilroy’s Bar and Grill.
5. 2019 Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
If drinking green beer is more your style, don’t miss this bar crawl hosted by Social Scene. Party with a diverse group of young professionals who will make their way to spots like Taps & Dolls, Patron Saint, The Pub, Blu Indy and more! Register early to get gift cards, drink specials, a St. Pat’s shot glass medallion and easy access to the participating venues. Don’t forget to drink responsibly. First time Lyft users can use the code BeSocial for up to $5 in rides. March 16th from 10 AM to 6 PM. Check in location TBA. See Facebook event page hosted by Social Scene for more info.
Indianapolis is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day. If you want to enjoy the spirits of the holiday, take an Uber or Lyft and be safe Indy!
An Irish Blessing for You.
“May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!
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