Céad míle fáilte romhat – A hundred thousand welcomes!
For our 61st year, we are honored to have Paul and Agnes Gowdy as the Grand Marshals!
For the 2018 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade, thousands of families and friends with smiling Irish eyes lined the streets! It was our 60th annual Parade, with the sun shining down. The parade was held on Sunday, March 11, 2018. It started at 12:30 on Michigan Avenue and 6th Street, continuing down to 14th Street.
The United Irish Societies (UIS) is the organization that hosts the parade. In 1958, the UIS hosted the first St. Patrick’s Parade in Dearborn, MI. The Parade route follows along Michigan Avenue through the area known as Corktown. Corktown received its name as the Irish were the largest ethnic group of newcomers to Detroit, most of them from County Cork. The Corktown neighborhood is Detroit’s oldest surviving neighborhood.
2018 was the 1st year for the Family Fun Zone, where families watched the parade in heated grandstands in a reserved, family friendly area, with reserved parking. It was a huge success!
The 2019 – 61st Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade is Sunday, March 10, 2019, starting at 1:00 pm. Be sure to mark your calendars!
A heartfelt thank you for everyone who volunteered and companies that sponsored the 2018 parade! There was countless hours, effort and dedication that went into making the 2018 parade the huge success it was.