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St Pattys Day 2017
As always, Downtown Indianapolis is going all out for St. Patrick’s Day in 2017. While some events like the Greening of the Canal and the Shamrock Run and Walk will be familiar with long-time Indianapolis-area residents, there are a couple of new, great events surrounding St. Patrick’s Day that are also worth attending this year.
Greening of the Canal
The annual Greening of the Canal will take place on Thursday, March 16th, at approximately 5:45pm. As usual, the greening will occur in the widest part of the downtown portion of the canal near the intersections of Ohio Street and West Street. Between the hours of 5:00pm and 6:00pm, there will be live music provided by Eunan McIntryre.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will run between approximately 11:30am and 12:00pm. There will be about 90 different participating groups. There will be Irish dancers, mascots, school bands, floats and many other entries into this year’s parade. The parade will start at the intersections of East North Street and Pennsylvania Street. From there, it will head south on Pennsylvania and turn west onto Ohio Street. The parade will then head north on Meridian Street and end near the intersections of Meridian Street and Michigan Street. Before the parade, during the parade and following the parade, Downtown Indianapolis will again host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. At the block party, there will be live music and food and adult beverages for purchase. The Block Party will end around 3:00pm.
This year, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse just happens to be hosting the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The First Round will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, and a total of four games will be played throughout the day. Tickets are going fast, but there are some still available. A simple Google search will lead anyone interested to ticket outlets. However, attendees should expect to pay at least $75.00 per ticket per session. The winners from Friday’s games will play in the Third Session, which is a part of the NCAA’s Second Round, on Sunday, March 19th.
Run and Walk
The annual Shamrock Run and Walk will again take place surrounding the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. It will occur on Saturday, March 18th. This race is just shy of four miles, and it costs $27.00 to enter if entry fees are paid in Advance. In addition to this race, there is the Lucky 7 race, which is new for 2017. This race is a seven-mile timed race. Entry to this race costs $32.00 if paid in Advance. Anyone can show up on the day of the race and pay as well, but the Shamrock Run costs $30.00 and the Lucky 7 costs $35.00 on race day.
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