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Gallery: Crown Point's St. Patrick's Day celebration

Hessville is going green to celebrate the holiday on which everyone is a little bit Irish.

The south Hammond neighborhood will host its first Hessville St. Patrick's Day Parade at 1 p.m. March 17. The Hessville Commerce and Community Creative, which also organizes the Live at the Ville summer festival and the Hessville Zombie Bar Crawl, is staging the parade to bring a "wee bit of Irish cheer."

"At HC3 we were looking at different types of events to put ourselves out there," President Amy Radolak said. "We want to bring people out in the neighborhood, and bring people from neighboring communities. Somebody mentioned a St. Patrick's Day Parade and it seems like a good fit."

Crown Point, Michigan City and Chicago's Beverly neighborhood also celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with St. Patrick's Day parades of their own, but there's nothing like it in North Lake County, Radolak said.

The Pipes & Drums Unit of the Orak Shriners, horses and about 600 residents will march from Orchard Drive at Hessville Park down North Kennedy Avenue and end at 161st Street. It's expected to run about an hour.

Bars and restaurants along Kennedy Avenue in downtown Hessville will offer corned beef and cabbage specials.

"We want people to come out and hit all of our businesses in that stretch of downtown Hessville," Radolak said. "A lot of people don't know what we have to offer."

Sponsors of the inaugural event include Ozinga, Albanese Candy Co., Carpenters Union Local 599, The Tattoo Lady, North Township Trustee, Cakes by Karen and many others.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.