Indy St. Patrick's Day events begin Thursday

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Indy St. Patrick's Day celebrations begin Thursday
Irish Citizen of the Year Kevin Murray
Downtown Indy St. Patty's parade

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The St. Patrick's Day fun kicks off on Thursday in Indianapolis with the annual dying of the Canal.

This is the 23rd year for the canal to be dyed green. It takes place at the Ohio Street Canal Basin, which is located off of Ohio and West streets.

The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal will start at 5 p.m. with a performance by Irish singer and songwriter Katherine Nagy leading up to the 5:45 p.m. event.

Officials have been closely watching the forecast and have weather contingency plans in place if severe weather becomes a concern.

The Indianapolis Irish Citizen of the Year gets the honor of pouring in the dye. For 2019, Kevin Charles Murray receives that honor. He has a long history with the organization.

Murray co-founded the St. Patrick's Day Parade, hosted Irish government officials during their visit to Indianapolis, has authored four books, and continues a 40-year career in law and politics.

Tradition also means the citizen of the year will lead the parade as grand marshal.

The 39th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is set for Friday morning in downtown Indianapolis with festivities beginning as early as 9 a.m., leading up to the 11:30 a.m. start of the parade.

There will be more than 90 parade entries and around 2,000 people marching the nearly 1-mile route. It begins at North and Pennsylvania streets, turns south to Ohio Street, then west along Ohio Street to Meridian Street. From there it turns north on Meridian to Vermont Streets.

For the first time, there will be a tent party at North Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets in the American Legion Mall.

Friday Schedule:

  • 9 a.m. - Parade tent party opens
  • 10 a.m. - St. Clair and Pennsylvania, Ft. Wayne and Delaware, Meridian and North Street and Delaware and North Street close for Parade marshalling​
  • 10 a.m. - U2 Tribute band A Beautiful Day performs on the Imagine That stage
  • 11:30 a.m. - Official start of the parade/parade route streets close
  • 12 p.m. - Highland Reign performs on the Hoosier Lottery Imagine That stage
  • 1 p.m. - Parade awards and Kevin Charles Murray honored on the Imagine That stage
  • 2 p.m. - Hoosier Lottery announces $1 million winner from the Imagine That stage
  • 3 p.m. - Parade tent party ends

There will also be a tent party at Indianapolis Fire Department's Union Hall at 748 Mass Ave. The Mass Ave tent party opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and closes at 5 p.m.

Saturday will include the 28th annual Shamrock Run and Walk. The 4-mile event helps to raise funds for the St. Patrick's Day events and begins at 10 a.m. The cost ranges between $24 and $30 per person depending on when you register and the number of people.

Sunday’s events include the 21st annual Downtown Irish Festival starting at noon. Click here for more information.

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