You’re in luck! You don’t need to be Irish to celebrate on St. Paddy’s Day. Just grab your green attire and, this year, head to the 2016 Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Royal Oak downtown area on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
The event, hosted by the Norman O’Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, kicks off with the Lucky Dash 5K fun run at 10 a.m. Registration costs are $34-$40 for adults and $17-$20 for youth.
Once the run concludes, the celebration begins at 11:10 a.m. this year at Royal Oak Middle School on Washington Avenue. Head out with your comfy seats and blankets – and line up along the street for the annual parade. It touts being a great family time – and is definitely one of those metro Detroit events worth attending in late winter!
Prepare to see lots of different floats and groups celebrating and representing Irish heritage. Watch for clans, step dancers and bagpipers, too! Parade participants 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!
For more information on the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Royal Oak, see the Metro Parent calendar listing.
This post was updated for 2016 by Jessica Schrader