South Bend kicks off celebrations for St. Patrick's Day weekend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A lot of lucky people were in downtown South Bend today for Michiana's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration.

The festivities kicked off Saturday afternoon with the St. Patrick's Day Parade, followed by the greening of the East Race.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg rained in on the parade, and WNDU's Joshua Short was there as a co-host.

St. Patrick's Day weekend has become a long-lived tradition in South Bend, especially for those who are in it every year. "We've really loved coming out and interacting with the public, and then after the parade going out to the greening of the race," says Elizabeth Markell, president of Entertaining History and parade participant. "It's just a lot of fun, and we like to talk about history and entertain people at the same time."

If you missed the parade and the greening of the East Race, you're still in luck because St. Patrick's Day isn't officially until Sunday, so there's definitely still a wee-bit of time to get your Irish on!