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Don’t Miss the St. Patrick’s Day Canal Greening Celebration

Don ye now your green apparel! The greening of the downtown canal has been a fun, Irish tradition in Indianapolis for 17 years and counting. This year, it returns to Indianapolis starting on Friday, March 15th at 11:30am. This lively event offers a ready-made excuse put on the greenest attire you can find–or else face the very real possibility of getting pinched! It’s a great way to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit even if you’re not Irish.

The celebration is first and foremost about the honoring St. Patrick’s Day with the greening of the canal, but will feature a lot more. Expect plenty of live music, dancing, celebrity guest appearances, food trucks, activities for kids and more. Door Prizes will be awarded, and Free Hors D’ oeuvres will be served. Parking is free and coupons from the Hoosier Lottery and Village Pantry will be handed out.

The Parade

Indianapolis St Patrick's Day ParadeThe Parade will showcase the talents of several high school bands, including Cathedral High School’s “Pride of the Irish” Marching Band and the John Marshall High School Marching Band. It will also feature four floats, including the Village Pantry Float and Hoosier Lottery Float; several catholic schools; Irish dancers; bag pipe & drum bands, as well as several other Irish organizations. Other parade participants will include the Smiley Morning Show, IMPD Motorcycle Drill Team, Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers, Govenor Mike Pence, Michael McCrakin (Leprechaun),  Callahan & Friends Fire Truck, 19th US Regular Infantry, Ronald McDonald and 500 Festival Princess among many others.

It will start at the intersection of E. North Street and Pennsylvania Street and run south on Pennsylvania to Ohio Street, at which point it will head west to Meridian Street. From there it will head north to Michigan, and then west.

The Festival

The parade street festival will take place on Friday, March 15th from 10am – 3pm on Vermont street between meridian and Pennsylvania. It is free to guests of all ages—except for the beer garden, of course! A Family Center will offer activities for kids. Food trucks will be on-site, and sodas and water will be served as well. A variety of Irish merchandise will be available.

Live Entertainment

The festival will feature live entertainment, including award winning singer/songwriter Eunan McIntyre from Co Donegal, Ireland. McIntyre has released five albums.

Highland Reign is an Indianapolis rock band with a distinct Scots-American flare. Their forte is taking songs from the old country and rocking them up with guitars, drums and even bagpipes.

The Kreellers, a four-piece Celtic Rock from Detroit, Michigan, combine traditional Irish influences with rock, funk, and even punk elements.

Irish Citizen of the Year

Irish citizen of the year, Robert V. Welch Jr., will be recognized. He has been involved with Indianapolis St. Patrick Day festivities for almost twenty years. And like a true Irishman he attended the University of Notre Dame, where  he was walk-on football player. He has been active with the Indianapolis Athletic Club.  He was the head of the Indiana Housing Finance Authority. He is currently the President of the Indy Sports Foundation, and organization that has helped  raise over $150,000 from the St. Patrick’s Day events to benefit local youth sports related causes.

Event Info:

  • Location: Indiana Historical Society (Stardust Terrace)
  • 450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN
  • Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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