INDIANAPOLIS (WKYT) - UK fans will have lots of time on their hands Friday, as the Cats don't play Northern Kentucky until around 9:30 p.m. However, they will have plenty of St. Patrick's Day parties to choose from within walking distance of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Blarney Bash will close down Georgia Street, and include parties at four bars and two restaurants.
"Kilroy's is one of them, they'll be inside pouring, as well as The Pub, and Howl at the Moon," Mike Killabrew of iHeartMedia said. "We're gonna have some pizza from Burns Pizza, and they can just hang out inside the area. We'll have big monitors so they can watch games, drink green beer, and enjoy good times with their friends."
A parade with many bands, Irish dancers, and floats will start at 11:30 a.m., and stream through downtown near the Fieldhouse.
"This will be the 37th Annual St. Patrick's Day parade, and it will be going through the streets of Indy," Nate Swick of Visit Indy said. "And they're also having a footprint on Vermont Street where there will be a huge festival with beer, food, and music, similar to Barneys Bash which is happening on Georgia Street."
Colts Territory will become Wildcat Territory come Friday.
"There are more than 300 restaurants in downtown Indianapolis, walkable distance, so really if you don't have tickets to the game, you can find a spot in one of those 300 restaurants, and make it an incredible weekend with the ambiance of St Patrick's Day and NCAA basketball," Swick said.
Indianapolis leaders expect this weekend to have a $15 million impact on their city.