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Céad míle fáilte romhat – A hundred thousand welcomes!


Paul and Agnes Gowdy – 2019 Grand Marshals

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!

Paul W Smith of Radio 760 am WJR will be returning again this year to preside as Master of Ceremonies on the Judges Reviewing Stand. Paul will be introducing all marching units, dignitaries and honorees as they march pass the Judges Reviewing Stand at the culmination of the parade, in the shadows of the Ford Michigan Central Train Station.

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.