It’s time to don your green attire and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re of Irish descent or are just Irish at heart, it’s time to enjoy some parades, music, festivities and of course, traditional Irish food and beverages!
The Irish population in Indianapolis started growing in the 1840s, as many immigrants began moving westward from the East Coast for employment opportunities, especially with the railroads. By the 1900s, the Irish made up 5% of the total population of Indianapolis. While the city hosts an annual Irish fest in September to celebrate Irish heritage, St. Patrick’s Day is also a major Irish event in the city!
St. Patrick’s Day Events in Indianapolis
If you’re looking for ways to paint the town green, there’s no shortage of options this St. Patrick’s Day in Indianapolis. The city is getting ready for a weekend full of events and activities celebrating all things Irish!
Here are a few ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Indianapolis this year:
The Greening of the Canal
On Thursday, March 16 at 5 p.m., the Hoosier Lottery helps prepare Indianapolis for St. Patrick’s Day by turning the Downtown canal green! This has been a tradition for 21 years now, and takes place at Ohio and West streets. This is a must-see St. Patrick’s Day event for both long-time Hoosiers and those new to the city.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Block Party
Get to Vermont Street by 10 a.m. to kick off your St. Patrick’s Day with free coffee and donuts, plus music from Eunan McIntyre. Then, at 11:30 a.m., the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins marching down Pennsylvania Street with 90 units of floats, balloons, marching bands, pipe/drums, Irish dancers, mascots and so much more! Hang out after the parade for the Block Party and the crowning of the 2017 Irish Citizen of the Year, Mary Coffey.
IFD St. Patrick’s Day Party
Following the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Union Local 416, located at 748 Massachusetts Avenue, will host a free party, open to the public. The event kicks off with a memorial service to honor fallen firefighters of the 1890 Bowen-Merrill fire, and then guests will enjoy festivities and bagpipers throughout the day.
20th Annual Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest
Enjoy live music all day and into the night at The Rathskeller, located at 401 E. Michigan Street. The venue will feature Irish dancers and authentic Irish food. There’s no cover charge for this event.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from American Senior Communities! Have a safe, fun day!