Indianapolis goes green early for St. Patrick's Day

A young participant in last year's St. Patrick's Day parade shows off her green.
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This is the week to think green. We're coming up on St. Patrick's Day this Sunday.

The activities got started Thursday night in Indianapolis with the greening of the downtown canal.

Friday, everyone is invited to the 33rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Indianapolis. It began at 11:30 am. There's also a Parade Festival Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

See a slide show of images from the parade.

On Saturday, you can register for the Shamrock Run & Walk. It's four miles long and starts at 10:00 am at Monument Circle.

There will be some road closures and traffic restrictions on or near Georgia Street:

Friday, March 15, noon – 10 p.m.:
Eastbound lane of Georgia Street will be closed.
Saturday, March 16, noon – midnight: Both lanes of Georgia Street from Meridian Street to Pennsylvania Street will be closed. Pennsylvania Street from Maryland Street to South Street will also be closed.
Sunday, March 17, noon – 6 p.m.: Both lanes of Georgia Street from Meridian Street to Pennsylvania Street will be closed. 

On Saturday, March 16, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. will host Indy's newest St. Patrick's Day event: Blarney Bash presented by Killian's on the Georgia Street Boardwalk in between Meridian Street and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The event opens at noon and runs until midnight and features live music from My Yellow Rickshaw (2 – 5 p.m.) and Flatbed Twitch (7 – 10 p.m.), with a DJ before, after and in-between bands. An outdoor stage will be in front of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Green beer will be served inside beer tents along the Georgia Street Boardwalk and food will be available from surrounding bars and restaurants including The Pub Indianapolis, Kilroy's Bar and Grill, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery and Howl at the Moon. All attendees must be 21 or older.

**Beer tents will be open Friday by 3 p.m. Friday, March 15 for fans heading to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to see the Pacers play the Lakers, and on Sunday, March 17 from noon to 6 p.m.