Looking for a fun way to get the entire family together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? March 11, 2017 is your lucky day! Put on your ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ T-shirts, go all out with the color green and come out for the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Royal Oak.
Presented by the Norman O’Brien Division of Oakland County’s Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority, the parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. at Royal Oak Middle School on Washington Avenue.
The best spot to get comfy and enjoy the show will be south of the train tracks, which are south of 11 Mile Road, according to the Oakland County AOH website.
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Attendees will be able to line the streets and keep an eye out for the floats and pipers as they march south towards 6th Street. No worries about having trouble spotting all of the fun, as it is set to be one of the largest parades in the county.
Speaking of pipers, these men in kilts will be on site waving an Irish flag and playing traditional tunes. Individuals, families or organizations can sponsor a piper for $200. Interested? Contact parade chairman Steve Zannetti at 248-761-6073.
The parade will be an opportunity to support some of Oakland County’s hardest working local businesses and institutions at a festive celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Even if you aren’t Irish, stop by to learn more, join in the fun and embrace the St. Paddy’s Day spirit. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
The weather is expected to be chilly with a chance of showers, so be sure to bundle up before heading out to this free event. Attendees are encouraged to get there early, too.