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How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day around Central Indiana

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Mar 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 12:46:06-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are in luck - there are several ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day across our area.


It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day in the Circle City without the annual greening of the canal. This year's event is scheduled for March 16 at 5 p.m. at Ohio and West Street downtown on the Ohio Street canal basin.

Bands, balloons, floats and more are just some of the things taking part in the 40th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Streets.

Pets and humans are welcome at the Lucky Dog 5k on March 12 at Military Park. A virtual and in-person race are being offered.

For those over 21, the Shamrock Beer Run & BrewFest Indy will give runners beer samples as they run five kilometers. A DJ, food trucks and more will also be part of the event at Military Park.

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is offering free admission on March 17. An Irish music singalong is part of the day's events.

On March 19, the 29th annual 5k Shamrock Run & Walk will take place starting at 11 a.m. It will begin at the IFD Union Hall Local 416, located at 748 Massachusetts Avenue. Registration is required.

A St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl is taking place on March 12 throughout Downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are available.

Also on March 19, half of Monument Circle will be filled with live music, green beer and food trucks for Blarney Bash.

Hamilton County

The Nickel Plate Express is transforming into the Shamrock Express to celebrate the Irish on Saturday, March 12. Family and adult only rides are available.

Clay Terrace is hoping shoppers have luck with its scavenger hunt on March 17 beginning at 11 a.m. A Leprechaun will leave gold coins in select Clay Terrace Stores for shoppers to find.

The Carmel Ballroom Dance Studio's St. Patrick’s Day Line Dance Group Class and Dance Party is taking place March 18 from 7-9:30 p.m.

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