Getting Green For St.Patrick's Day Fort Wayne Style

By Madeline Shine - 21Alive

Getting Green For St.Patrick's Day Fort Wayne Style

March 15, 2014 Updated Mar 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The 13th annual Get Green Festival kicked off the St. Patrick's Day celebrations early Saturday morning.

The festival, which is put on by the Fort Wayne Fire Department, is a family friendly event all for a good cause.

This is the third year it's been hosted in the Wells Street Corridor.

The festival hosts a 5-kilt 5K run with more than a thousand participants.

Along with the run, the festival also does the annual dying of the river, where fire fighters blast green dye off the wells street bridge in honor of the holiday.

Families can enjoy a lucky charms cereal eating contest, a strong man competition, and a gold coin toss done by the one and only lucky the leprechaun.

Later in the evening, adults can enjoy a beer tent with live music.

This year’s festival is expected to see more than 12,000 people in attendance which benefits local charities.

“All proceeds go to local charities such as the Ribbon Chicks. It's a foundation that supports in various stages of recovery of breast cancer. Fallen Heroes Fund which supports and takes care of fire fighters and police officers that are tragically injured in line of duty and also burn survivors,” FWFD Union President Jeremy Bush said.

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