INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2015) - You don't need the "luck of the Irish" to discover fun in downtown Indianapolis around St. Patrick’s Day.
One thing to look forward to is the Blarney Bash.
“It's fun, it's exciting. There are plenty of things to do, plenty of food and good times,” said Gordon Cocke, owner of The Pub.
The Pub, Howl at the Moon, Kilroy’s and Tilted Kilt will line the boardwalk. Local bands Zanna Doo and The Flying Toasters will perform. Admission to the Blarney Bash is FREE, but attendees must be 21 or older.
“It'll start at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and go to 10 o'clock at night. We're going to have bands, plenty of beer, and vendors with plenty of food. It will be enough so everybody can have a good time,” said Cocke.
Most of the events are happening on or around Georgia Street, near Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
“There will be the Blarney Bash, a run-walk, and the greening of the canal that starts on Monday. So there is stuff leading up to Tuesday as well,” said Amanda Dorman, communications manager for Downtown Indy Blarney Bash.
On Tuesday, there's the 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by the Hoosier Lottery. The event will feature lots of high school bands along with bagpipers and dancers. Organizers say it's entertaining and fun when people come out and line the streets.
After the parade, look for the Parade Block Party on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll find live music, food and a beer garden. All of these events, with the exception of Shamrock Run and Walk, are FREE.
The Shamrock Run and Walk is $25 per person and kicks off from Monument Circle and goes all the way through Fountain Square and comes back to Monument Circle. Following the run-walk, there’s “Shamrock in the Circle” with more beer gardens, food and live music.
There is also the free annual Downtown Irish Fest at The Rathskeller on St. Patrick's Day. The live music starts at noon and goes until midnight. Local band, The Wamblees will be there as well as Zanna Doo. There will be Irish bands, dancers and great beer and great food.
And what would St. Patrick’s Day be without a pub crawl? That event kicks off at noon and goes to 6 p.m.
There's almost too much to list, so the complete rundown can be found on Downtown Indy's website.