The day when people drag out that green sweater only worn once a year, speak in an Irish brogue, and drink dark beer is fast approaching. St. Patrick’s Day is next week, and if you’re wondering how to celebrate in the Hoosier state, I’ve provided a few ideas below. Also, keep in mind that this year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, so some celebrations are taking place the day prior, on Friday, March 16.
- Crown Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade: I’d love to check out this parade sometime, mostly because it’s held at dusk and the floats are lighted. How fun! There’s also a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the Crown Point Firehouse from 1-7 p.m.
- J.K. O’Donnell’s: I had a fantastic and quite authentic meal at this downtown Fort Wayne Irish pub this summer. On Saturday, March 17, there will be a party tent from 11 a.m. to midnight with live music, bag pipers and more. All ages are welcome. Admission is $5 for those 12 and older (kids are free), and this includes a free drink.
- Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade: I had the pleasure of walking in the parade a few years ago and it was so fun to see everyone in such a festive mood, from families to downtown workers in suits. Bring a bag to collect candy! The parade will be held on Friday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. through the streets of downtown.
- The Golden Ace Inn: An eastside Indianapolis bar that comes to life each year on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be a big tent with live music, lots of beer and plenty of good cheer. Expect big crowds, this is a popular gathering spot. The adults-only celebration will begin Friday, March 16 and run through Saturday, March 17.
- Madison, Indiana: Did you know that this quaint Indiana river town is home to the steepest railroad incline in the country? It was built by hundreds of Irish laborers, and the town will celebrate the night before St. Patrick’s Day at Paddy’s Party. From 5 to 9 p.m. on March 16 in the historic district, it will feature events like Irish Road Bowling. Wondering what Irish Road Bowling is? I guess you better go check it out! Call 800.559.2956 for more information.
- Ireland, Indiana: Quite possibly the most spirited celebration in the state given its name, Ireland offers everything from a Paddy Whack competition to crowning the Miss Shamrock Queen. Events and activities are scheduled all week.
These are just a few of the many celebrations taking place around the state. Where do you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Indiana?