Indy's St. Patricks Day 

The Indy Sports Foudation presents a slew of events to celebrate the original "green" holiday: St. Patrick's Day. Begin by running in the 18th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk March 14. The 4-mile run and walk course starts on Monument Circle downtown and goes to Fountain Square, the home of the "Irish Hill." The race starts at 9 a.m. with a celebration inside the Columbia Club afterward featuring live Irish entertainment by Second Fiddle and an awards ceremony.

St. Patrick's Day starts early March 17, with the Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal event at 6:30 a.m. Join Mayor Greg Ballard; Kathryn Densborn, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery; and Pat Cronin, 2009 Irish Citizen of the Year at Ohio and West streets by the fire station to kick off St. Patrick's Day by turning the downtown canal green. Chick-fil-A will supply free breakfast food and coffee while supplies last and there will also be live Irish music and Irish dancers.

The 29th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade presented by Cathedral High School will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., beginning at North and Pennsylvania streets downtown. It is Indy's largest event on St. Patrick's Day. There will be over 100 different units and nearly 2,000 people marching, including local bands and bagpipers, Irish dancers, Catholic schools, floats, Irish family clans, sports teams, dignitaries and many Irish organizations. The event is free. The Cathedral High School "Pride of the Irish" Marching Band will perform prior to the parade on North and Pennsylvania.

Before and after the parade, check out the free Parade Tent Party at Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be live Irish entertainment by the band Highland Reign, food provided by Fionn MacCool's, the Guinness beer garden, vendor booths and ESPN 1070 will host the Dan Dakich show live from the tent.

For more on these events, go to www.indysportsfoundation.com.

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