St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin a week in advance of the March 17 date, so start planning now to celebrate the wearin’ of (and in some cases drinkin’ of) the green. It seems the Irish events are confined to Michigan’s Troll Territory (below the Mackinac Bridge); I couldn’t find any St. Patrick’s parades in the Upper Peninsula.
Saturday-Sunday March 9-10:
Take a self-guided tour of 18 restaurants for a Taste of the Irish Hills in the Brooklyn area of Southeast Michigan. Tickets are $15; $10 for kids 12 and under.
Sunday, March 10:
The 55th Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade steps off at 2 p.m. and follows Michigan Avenue from 6th Street to 14th Street
Clare Irish Festival, Michigan’s grandaddy of Irish festivities takes over the town for the 38th year; parade is at noon on Saturday the 16th.
Friday-Saturday, March 15-16:
Just west of Lansing at the Grand Ledge St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration you’ll find Irish dancing on Friday and an Irish Stew Cook Off on Saturday with a 2 p.m. parade followed by more music and a dinner.
Join the St. Pat’s Pub Crawl on Friday and watch Lexington’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday.
A Friday Pub Walk is the warm-up to Traverse City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1:30 p.m. Saturday; the 33rd annual Danny Boy Singing Contest is at 6:30 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17:
The trolley tour of pubs and Erin Go Bark! pet and people parade are on Saturday, but why not make it a St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Saugatuck-Douglas?
Saturday, March 16:
Downtown Grand Rapids is the all-day scene of the Irish on Ionia block party; advance tickets are $10 and day of (if any remain) are $15 and there are VIP tickets; there’s a morning St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown, too.
Holland isn’t all Dutch: A noon parade celebrates St. Patrick’s Day downtown.
Kalamazoo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. at downtown’s Burdick Street Mall.
The Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade travels Washington through Royal Oak beginning at 11:30 a.m.; a 3-mile fun run starts at 10:45 a.m.
Pinckney’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon but arrive an hour early for pre-parade fun events
Sunday, March 17:
Bay City’s 59th St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. at Center and Park Avenues.
Flint’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church; Mass is followed by an Irish Family Walk and party at the Masonic Temple.
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