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 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Royal Oak downtown area on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
The event, hosted by The Norman O’Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, has an “A Tribute to Irish Families” theme. It actually kicks off with the Lucky Dash 5K fun run (register between 8 and 10:30 a.m.) Costs are $40 for adults and $20 for youth under age 18. Check out the website for logistics and other details.
Once the run concludes, the celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. 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!
After the parade, families can head to the Eagles Club on Fourth Street for some Irish food, including corned beef, cabbage and Irish stew.
A great tip: To learn more about what’s fun for kids at this and the Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade (which is March 15), check out an article in the March 2015 digital edition. Just click the link and subscribe (it’s free!).
For more information on the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Royal Oak downtown, see the Metro Parent calendar listing.
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