The 36th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Presented by Hoosier Lottery is Thursday, March 17th, 2016 in downtown Indianapolis starting at 11:30am. The Parade is made up of high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, Irish organizations and dignitaries. The Parade is FREE to the public. The Parade also hosts a Block Party from 10:00am – 3:00pm on Vermont Street with live entertainment, food, interactive displays and beer garden located in the middle of the Parade route. The Block Party on Vermont is also FREE and open to the public. Come out rain or shine and enjoy one of Indy’s most popular events.