Find Family-Friendly Fun at the Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The annual parade in Corktown has a kid-friendly zone designed for families.

The annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade returns to Corktown on Sunday, March 10. Don your finest green threads, then bring your kiddos to this fun cultural celebration. 

Colorful floats, music from marching bands, pipers and drummers, and more exciting acts will march down Michigan Avenue in celebration of the Irish-American holiday.  The parade’s host, the United Irish Societies, invites community members, business owners and families of all cultures and nationalities to join in on the fun and celebrate the day. 

Quick details about the Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  • Date: Sunday, March 10, 2024
  • Start Time: 1 p.m. 
  • Parade Route: Michigan Avenue, from Sixth Street to Fourteenth Street

Parade Day kicks off with the 41st annual Corktown Races. Littles can run a quarter-mile race before older runners participate in the Emerald Run and/or the Corktown 5K. Once all the runners have crossed the finish line, the parade festivities begin! 

The parade starts at 1 p.m., but there will be plenty of family activities and cultural celebrations all day long. The Family Fun Zone is your fam’s go-to destination for comfortable parade viewing, kid-friendly activities, refreshments and more. 

Family Fun Zone at St. Patrick’s Parade

Photo credit: United Irish Societies

  • Location: Michigan Avenue and Sixth Street

Watch the parade from comfortable, family-friendly grandstand seating in the Family Fun Zone

Located near the beginning of the parade route near Michigan Avenue and Sixth Street, the Family Fun Zone will be open from 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Stop by before the parade to kick off the day with kid-friendly festivities like Irish dance performances, step dancing lessons and  face painting. Paws and Roary — the Detroit Tigers and Lions mascots — will be visiting for meet and greets and photos from 12:30-12:50 p.m. 

The Family Fun Zone has private restrooms for families. Coffee, hot chocolate, water and donuts will be available for purchase throughout the day. Coolers, alcohol and tobacco are not permitted. 

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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