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Family St. Patrick's Day Events in Southeast Michigan

Green is the theme of March 2014 as both young and old celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a variety of events – including parades, performances and more

As parents, you've probably ditched the green beer and lines at The Old Shillelagh for kid-friendly parades, library events and more on St. Patrick's Day. But that doesn't mean these green-themed shindigs can't be a blast. From the annual St. Patrick's Parade in Corktown, Detroit to some very cool dances for kids with special needs, there's something for every southeast Michigan family to do during March 2014.

Blackthorn at the Farmington Players Barn Theatre

March 7-8, 2014

  • Address: 32332 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-473-1848
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $19/adults, $17/seniors and students

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this fave Michigan Irish group, which welcomes Ireland's own Tim O'Shea for a special opening appearance.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Royal Oak

March 8, 2014

  • Address: Starts at Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 586-822-6713
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

This year's fun kicks off with the Lucky Dash 5K at 10:45 a.m., followed by this annual parade, which is hosted by the Norman O'Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Some 300 participants are included. Irish clans compete to outdo each other's floats – judges pick winners, too – by showing off their Irish pride and heritage. There's an afterglow featuring Irish food (for sale) at Eagles Club, 401 E. 11 Fourth St.

Macy's 2nd Mondays at the Henry Ford Museum

March 10, 2014

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free with admission: $17/adults, $12.50/kids, free/under 4; free/members

Go green or go home! The Henry Ford Museum hosts these monthly events – with a different theme each month. For March, "Go Green! Earth Day" is the focus. Kids enjoy storytelling, crafts and more.

St. Patrick's Mother/Son Dance at Waterford Parks & Rec C.A.I. Building

March 13, 2014

  • Address: 5640 Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $9/person

Mom, grab your favorite guy and head to this annual dance, which features refreshments and a photograph. Plus, you'll dance to the latest songs thanks to DJ Mark Farnsworth. Pre-register for this event; tickets are non-refundable.

Caper Kin Irish Music and Fun at the Mount Clemens Public Library

March 15, 2014

  • Address: 150 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-469-6668
  • Time: 11 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free

Kids will enjoy a special day of Irish fun when this St. Patrick's Day-themed event returns to the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Luck of the Irish at the Warren Public Library

March 15, 2014

  • Address: 1 City Square, Suite 100, Warren
  • Phone: 586-751-0770
  • Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Swing by for some pre-holiday fun as storyteller Yvonne Healy entertains with Irish tales. Drop-in; no registration is needed.

Irish Cake Walk at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit

March 15, 2014

  • Address: 1345 Gratiot Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-567-3100
  • Time: 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $10/adults, $7/ages 6-12, free/children under 5

This Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit hosts this spin on musical chairs in their Huegli Auditorium. Be Irish for the day and enjoy traditional Irish foods, Gaelic dancing and more!

St. Patrick's Parade in Corktown, Detroit

March 16, 2014

  • Address: from Sixth to 12th streets on Michigan Avenue, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-475-4675
  • Time: noon
  • Cost: Free

For 56 years, this Corktown classic has brought some Irish pride to the streets. So don your green and catch the fun! Marching, pipe and drum bands – along with floats, clowns and more – will walk the streets in celebration. The fun kicks off with the 32nd annual Corktown race, which includes a kids quarter mile at 9:30 a.m.

The Story of St. Patrick's Day at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester

March 16, 2014

  • Address: 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: $5/child, free/adult

Pre-registration is required for this TriceraTots Puppet Theatre show. Watch what unfolds when four furry friends find a four-leaf clover. Kids will even get the chance to decorate a four-leaf pin to wear on St. Paddy's Day.

Shamrock 'n' Roll Run in Plymouth

March 16, 2014

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth
  • Phone: 248-912-8747
  • Times: 6:45 a.m. registration, 7:30 a.m. 10K, 8 a.m. mile, 9 a.m. 5K
  • Cost: $42-$50/10K, $37-$45/5K, $25-$30/mile (prices vary depending on when you register)

Work off those St. Paddy's Day calories a day before the main event at this annual race, which features a 10K, 5K and one-mile run. As usual, all participants receive an L. Jordan-brand "tech shirt" for being a part of the race. But this year, the first 4,000 participants that register will receive a knit beanie hat from Kona Running Company.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Catholic Charities – Flint

March 17, 2014

  • Address: 901 Chippewa St., Flint
  • Phone: 810-919-6883
  • Time: 1:30-10 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/donation for admission after 3 p.m.; additional cost for dinner

Take an Irish family stroll down Saginaw Street to McFarlan Park, where you and your kids can watch the Irish flag being raised – then head over to the Catholic Charities Reception Hall (located at 901 Chippewa St.) to enjoy some good ol' Irish dancing, food and loads of fun. Plus, at 5:30 p.m., there's the Pot O' Gold Road Race, which is a four-mile run and walk.

Special Needs Dance Party at Washington Senior Center

March 21, 2014

  • Address: 57900 Van Dyke Ave., Washington Township
  • Phone: 586-752-6543
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: $4/person, free/caregiver

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a dance party! DJ Zak Atak spins the jams at this dance for special needs children and adults. A snack is provided, too, and additional food is available for purchase.

Saturday Craft at Lakeshore Learning Store in Sterling Heights

March 22, 2014

  • Address: 12210 Hall Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-803-1435
  • Schedule: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Stay in the St. Paddy's spirit at this Sterling Heights spot, which features free craft Saturdays. Today, kids will create a colors-of-the-rainbow mirror, inspired by St. Patrick's Day.

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