Crowds expected to fill downtown Indianapolis this weekend

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Downtown Indianapolis is expected to be crowded this weekend for many events, including several for St. Patrick’s Day.

Thursday evening, the canal was turned green, kicking off the festivities.

A large tent will be placed over Georgia Street from Meridian to Pennsylvania. There will be parties, music, and festivities the entire weekend. People will also be able to enjoy the Big 10 Conference Games because there will be television sets underneath the tent.

Jade Abel is the general manager at the Kilroy’s downtown. She said several businesses worked together to make sure there would be festivities on Georgia Street.

“It’s nice to have the relationship to be able to work with each other. Everybody kind of brings a little to the table,” Abel said.

Other major activities in the area include the Pacers game against the Lakers and Supercross. Several law enforcement agencies are working together and have a plan in place to make sure people stay safe. The chief of the Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security said they will have more people working this weekend than last year because there are more events.

“We’re going to be pretty active throughout the whole entire weekend just to make sure everybody has a good time and stays safe,” Gary Coons said.

Officials will use the emergency operations center this weekend. People will monitor cameras and filter information. Coon said people need to call law enforcement agencies if they see suspicious or criminal activity taking place.

Abel said she is not worried about any issues downtown this weekend, though.

“I feel this area right here is safe. We’ve got extra security. There (are) always police officers in the area,” Abel said.