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St. Patrick's Day Parade in Royal Oak

Celebrate Irish heritage with your family at this Oakland County city's parade on Saturday, March 8, 2014

You're in luck! You don't need to be Irish to celebrate on St. Paddy's Day. Just grab your green gear and, this year, head to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Royal Oak on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

The event, hosted by The Norman O'Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, actually kicks off with the Lucky Dash 3-mile Fun Run 10:45 a.m. The run, which organizers estimate will include around 500 runners, starts at the field at Washington Avenue and the I-696 service drive.

Once the run concludes, the celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. at Royal Oak Middle School on Washington Avenue. Head to Washington Avenue with your comfy seats and blankets – and line up along the street for the annual parade.

Prepare to see a ton of different floats and groups celebrating and representing Irish heritage. About 500 participants are expected. Watch for clans, step dancers and bagpipers, too! The parade participants will head south down Washington Avenue and eventually stop around 1 p.m. at Seventh Street.

Because it's early March, dress for the weather since it may be chilly. It's advised families come early to get a good viewing spot along the street. The event is free, so just bring yourselves and, of course, your spirit!

After the parade, families can head to the Eagles Club on Fouth Street for some Irish food, including corned beef, cabbage and Irish stew.

For more information on the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Royal Oak, see the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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