The Des Moines Register reported on Wednesday that organizers of next month's NCAA men's basketball tournament in Des Moines paid $10,000 to move the annual St. Patrick's parade from March 17 to noon on March 18. Tournament basketball games are scheduled for March 17 and 19, leaving the parade to run through its usual downtown course on a non-basketball day. In non-parade news, here's what else is going on around the city.
Did you know there are approximately 40 specialized yoga studios in central Iowa offering nearly 500 yoga classes each week? It's true. So, what's your excuse? Learn more about the growth of yoga — including three benefits of yoga — in Iowa now.
There are some Des Moines restaurants that just like to mix things up. Have you tried a Crab Rangoon pizza from Fong's? How about the Korean-inspired tacos from Tacopocalypse? Here's a first-person take on why cross-cultural food is oh so Iowan.
Datebook Diner: Is Flying Mango the grand champion of Des Moines barbecue?
Jim Gaffigan is bringing his version of dad humor on the road this summer with the "Fully Dressed" tour and there's a stop scheduled at Wells Fargo Arena on July 31. Gaffigan sold out Madison Square Garden last December, one of only 10 comedians to ever do so. His show, "The Jim Gaffigan Show," was recently picked up by TV Land for a second season. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Also at Wells Fargo Arena: Fall Out Boy to play Des Moines in March
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