Indianapolis knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day up properly. This year, St. Paddy’s Day falls on a Friday, and we can expect much revelry and rousing tunes and green beer to flow. It doesn’t hurt that the east side has the oldest Irish pub in Indiana (McGinley’s Golden Ace), plus Manley’s Irish Mutt, O’Gara’s in Beech Grove, Si Greene’s . . an embarrassment of riches for the Irish in all of us.
You may remember seeing a gaggle of “witches” busting moves at the 2016 Irvington Halloween Festival parade — stopping traffic a couple of times with a slightly spooky song and dance, shaking their brooms, and cackling maniacally — much to the delight of the huge crowd. Irvington Black Hat Society organizer Karin Mullins and the dozens of ladies performing could hear the audience’s appreciation. “We could hear people saying, ‘oh, isn’t that great!’ and loving it, and we kept wondering if they were talking about us!” Mullins said the girls (she always calls them the girls, regardless of age) really got into it. “I honestly don’t know who had more fun that day — us or the crowd!”