Patty in the Parc returns _lowres

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO - Wayne Toups, seen here at 2015 Cracklin Festival, will perform Thursday at Patty in the Parc.

Downtown Lafayette is “geauxing green” once again to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Patty in the Parc, now in its sixth year, will bring fun, food and an assortment of beers to the city’s Parc International.

The event opens Thursday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Music starts at 5:30 p.m.

The inspiration for the event came from the now mostly defunct restaurant chain Bennigan’s and its “Barney Blast.” After the chain closed its Lafayette location, Townsquare Media and the Theatre League of Louisiana decided to build on the success of that celebration and create a new event in downtown Lafayette.

Patty in the Parc will offer a number of food vendors serving some of Acadiana’s finest fare, said event director John O’Meara, including the obligatory green-dyed brews.

Parc International will also be hosting a number of musicians. Headlining this year’s celebration is Cajun and zydeco singer and Grammy winner Wayne Toups. New Orleans’ Chee-Weez and Lafayette’s own Connie G will also perform.

“We’ve got three great acts and all kinds of beer,” said O’Meara. “It’s going to be a fun time.”

Advance tickets are $10, and can be picked up at various locations including Legend’s Downtown at 413 Jefferson St. and Marley’s Sports Bar at 407 Jefferson St.

Tickets at the gate are $15. Children ages 12 and younger get in free.

The official Patty in the Parc “After Patty” will be located at Legend’s Downtown and Marley’s.

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