Indianapolis gets ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 8, 2014 by  

Indianapolis has a number of events planned to help residents celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. According to the Indy Sports Foundation, events will be spread over several days and everyone is welcome.

Things kick off on Friday, March 14, at the downtown Canal. This is part of the Indiana Central Canal, which dates back to the early 1800s and was dug to help facilitate commerce in the region. The portion of the Canal that runs through the city has been transformed into an attraction for pedestrians and bikers. On this day, residents are encouraged to dress in green, dance to live music, meet celebrities; and enjoy the evening’s highlight: dyeing the Canal green.

There will also be entertainment by Eunan McIntyre, who is from County Donegal in Ireland, and will be performing his own material starting at 5:00 pm. Parking is free.

The next day brings the 23rd Annual Shamrock Run and Walk, which starts at 10:00 am in downtown Indianapolis, at Monument Circle. Runners/walkers of all abilities and ages are welcome to join either the four-mile Run, which is timed, or the four-mile Fitness Walk.

The fun winds up on St. Patrick’s Day itself, March 17, with a parade. This starts at 11:30 am in downtown Indianapolis, rain or shine.

City officials could work with a banner printing company to create colorful flags to help celebrate the day.