Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Corktown

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade runs through Detroit’s Corktown on March 12, 2017.

Experience a Detroit tradition – and try to avoid getting pinched – at the 59th annual St. Patrick’s Parade March 12, 2017 in Corktown starting at Michigan Avenue and Sixth Street.

The family-friendly parade, sponsored by the United Irish Societies, will follow 14th Street into Corktown and last roughly two hours. This year, the grand marshall of the parade is Brian Dunleavy, the president of the Fraternal Order of United Irishmen.


The celebration attracts thousands of people who come to see the horse-drawn carriages, clowns, floats, marching bands and live music. Spectators might even spot a green-dyed dog or two.

The day starts with a 9 a.m. mass at the Most Holy Trinity Church at 1050 Porter St. in Detroit followed by a luncheon serving corned beef sandwiches, deli salads and ice cream. The suggested donation for the meal is $8 per person or $30 per family. All proceeds benefit the St. Patrick Senior Center, Detroit’s largest senior activity center.

You can also run off the corned beef and ice cream at the 35th annual Corktown Races scheduled for March 12 before the parade kicks off. Join the roughly 8,000 runners who participate in the green-themed run. There’s a Kids Quarter Mile ($15), the Emerald Mile ($20) and the 5K ($35). Register for both the Emerald Mile and the 5K for $45.

Keep in mind that the clocks spring forward on March 12. The parade start time is 12:30 p.m., but the line-up will start forming at 11:30 a.m. – and don’t forget to wear green! The parade is free and open to all.

Check out the official parade website for more information and to see the exact route. Find basic details about the 59th annual St. Patrick’s Parade in the Metro Parent calendar.



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