The historic Crown Point Courthouse Square will turn into a sea of green this week as the city kicks off its popular St. Patrick's Day festivities.
The celebration will begin at 3 p.m. March 17 with a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the fire station on North East Street, and will end with hundreds flocking to the city to see the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
"This event is the only nighttime parade in the area," said Diana Bosse, special events administrator with the Mayor David Uran's office, who added that parade entries are illuminated.
Since first beginning in 2009, the parade has grown in attendance each year, she said.
"We have been very successful over the years because mother nature has been on our side," Bosse said. "We expect another great turnout this year as people are ready to get out and celebrate Spring."
The parade will feature emergency vehicles, lit entries, Band of Brothers Pipes and Drums, Lake County Pipes and Drums and the Junior Grand Marshall Event Logo Contest winner.
Uran will serve as the Grand Marshall of the parade, which commences at dusk on South Main Street around the historic square rain or shine.
Bosse said the city's St. Patrick's Day celebration will also include vendors selling items on the south side of the Courthouse Square, including concessions, parade novelties, traditional Irish heritage items, jewelry, glow sticks and festive Irish themed items.
Because of increased traffic, intersections in town, including South and Main, a portion of Wells Street, and Court and South streets will be closed during the parade. Several bars and restaurants in Crown Point also will feature St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
For more information on Crown Point's St. Patrick's Day celebration, call (219) 662-3290 or go to crownpoint.in.gov.