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Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade

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Céad míle fáilte romhat – A hundred thousand welcomes!


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The 64th Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade is Sunday, March 13, 2022 starting at 1:00 pm! 


As we all know, the 2020 and 2021 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parades were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The UIS board is predicting a bigger, better parade for 2022!  According to Mike Kelly, the UIS and the Parade Committee “We’re looking forward to the biggest and most successful Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade in our history on Sunday, March 13, 2022. We’ll transform Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, and Michigan Avenue, home to industry, dreamers, entrepreneurs and more, into a celebration of Irish history, culture and opportunity.”   People have been working hard behind the scenes to make this happen!

Grand Marshall, Peggy Sullivan Gray

The parade typically attracts 80,000-100,000 people, making it one of the largest St. Patrick’s parades in the country and it features floats, marching bands, color guard units and more.

The Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade has brought together people of all cultures and nationalities in metro Detroit to celebrate Irish culture and make lasting memories. The parade is a great time to celebrate Corktown, Detroit and the positive momentum in the Corktown area.

The United Irish Societies is made up of more than 35 Irish organizations across Metro Detroit. Many members, community leaders and business professionals who make up the UIS donate time, money, and resources to ensure that the parade and other philanthropic efforts continue to be supported.

To interview UIS President Michael Kelly, please contact Carolyn Artman at MCCI at 313.269.4729 – or Mike Kelly directly at – 313.475.4675.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2022.  Click for more information.


For the 2019 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade, thousands of families and friends with smiling Irish eyes lined the streets of Corktown! It was our 61st annual Parade.  The skies were cloudy, it was windy and damp but the Irish spirit was strong! The parade was held on Sunday, March 10, 2019. It started at 1:00 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.

2019 was the 2nd 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 another huge success!

Paul W Smith of Radio 760 am WJR presided as Master of Ceremonies on the Judges Reviewing Stand in 2019. Paul  introduced all marching units, dignitaries and honorees as they marched 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 2019 parade! There was countless hours, effort and dedication that went into making the 2019 parade the huge success it was.