Fort Wayne turns green for St. Patty’s Day festival

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The river was turned green, Lucky Charms were eaten, and the gold coins were dropped at the annual ‘Get Green’ Festival.

Fort Wayne Professional Fighters put on the annual event, which ran until midnight Saturday.

Hundreds of runners and walkers participated in a 5-Kilt run/walk Saturday morning. Around 11 a.m., fire hoses dyed the Saint Mary’s River green for Saint Patrick’s Day – which falls on Mar. 17. Gold coins were dropped from a ladder truck so children could collect them below.

Those events were followed by the Highland Games, a Lucky Charms eating contest, and more fun near the bridge.

The festival also featured live music, food trucks, and drinks.

The annual river greening was inspired by the Chicago tradition. Firefighters used an eco-friendly vegetable dye and it fades into the river hours later.