Thousands expected today for Indianapolis' 34th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
More than 100 entries featuring some 3,000 people are slated to appear in Indianapolis' 34th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Monday.
Festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. at North and Pennsylvania streets.
This year's Parade Grand Marshal is the 2014 Irish Citizen of the Year, Thomas Patrick O'Brien. Tom, an Indianapolis native, was born March 16, 1931 to James and Anna (Reidy) O'Brien, missing a St. Patrick's Day birth by just a few hours. Tom graduated from St. Therese of the Little Flower grade school in 1945. He was a 1949 graduate of Cathedral High School.
Most of Tom's working years were spent in the teaching an coaching fields. He coached football, basketball and baseball a the high school level. He also coached five years at the collegiate level at Evansville College and Bradley University.
Tom is retired, but still spends much of his free time in education. He is a regular substitute teacher at Cathedral High School, where the appreciative staff and students have dubbed him "Super Sub."
Other notable dignitaries include Mayor Greg Ballard, Congressman Andre Carson, Senator Joe Donnelly, Sheriff John Layton, IFD Chief Brian Sanford, IMPD Assistant Chief Ronald Hicks and former Irish Citizens of the Year. Some other favorites include the Lawnchair Brigade and Umbrella Chicks, 500 Festival Princessess, The IMPD Motorcycle Drill Team and, making its first appearance, is the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile.
The Parade is free to attend and there is also a block party on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania with a Irish entertainment, food and beer garden.