In Crown Point, driving and parking restrictions all around downtown due to tonight’s lighted St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities. The city says, if you live near the parade route, city staff has been instructed to allow thru-traffic for residents only and to keep driveways clear during staging. The parade will feature performances by the Lake County Pipes and Drums and Indiana Ballet Theatre. For parking restrictions and road closures visit the city’s website . Hosted since 2008, the event typically draws thousands to the downtown square. This year the festivities will include Shamrock Lane, a new seating and vendor area on the lawn of the historic Lake County Courthouse, providing a space for people to enjoy local cuisine before the parade. Retail and food vendors will be set up from 3pm-9pm.