Though Saint Patrick's Day officially wrapped up on Friday, festivities in Knoxville continue into the weekend. The Shamrock Festival runs through Saturday, March 18 with family-friendly events.
The 2017 Lucky Kidney Run begins at 10 a.m. in Market Square. Runners can enjoy 6K and 2K courses with an awards ceremony to follow at around 10:45 a.m. Donations benefit the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation.
On Sunday, the Barley's Saint Patrick's Day 5k starts at 2 p.m. Packet pickup and late registration run on Saturday from 12-6 p.m. and will continue on Sunday before the race starting at noon.
On Friday, the Irish Festival kicked off St. Patrick's Day in Market Square. It was an event for the whole family with music, inflatable bounce houses, slides, face painting, games and more. Tickets were only $1.00 each.
Shamrock Fest began with the St. Patrick's Parade at 7 p.m Friday night. It was the first time that the parade has been back to Knoxville in 30 years. The parade traveled up Church Street from Howard Baker Jr. Boulevard before turning right onto Gay Street. It continued over Summit Hill and ending just past Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria on Jackson Avenue.
Later Friday night, the festivities continued, as the band Way Sneaky Eddie played in Market Square. Way Sneaky Eddie is a cover band that performs various rock from the 70's to today.
Friday's festivities ended with a Pub Crawl in The Old City that lasted until 1 a.m.