Céad míle fáilte romhat – A hundred thousand welcomes!
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2023 DETROIT ST. PATRICK’S PARADE AWARD WINNERS!
We have the honor of having Mr. Kevin Murphy as our 2023 Grand Marshal!
For 2023, it was so cold, but Irish eyes were indeed smiling along the parade route for the 65th annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade held on Sunday, March 12th, 2023, starting at 1:00!.
Mark the date of Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 1:00 pm for the 2024 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade!
Paul W. Smith of WJR Radio 760 am, was the 2023 Parade Commentator!
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 2023 Irish Dignitaries visiting were Deputy Mayor of Cork County – Deirdre O’Brien, Former Mayor of Cork County – Councillor Mary Linehan Foley, Councillor Kay Dawson and Mags Donovan – Senior Staff Officer of Cork County Council
We were excited to announce our 2023 Hometown Heroes – Father Tim McCabe, SJ – Executive Director of the Pope Francis Center in Detroit, Corporal Nickolas Zubok – Dearborn Police Department, Ms. SaTrice Coleman-Betts – Executive Director of the St. Patrick’s Senior Center.
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.
For 2023, the UIS is supporting the charities of Pope Francis Center & Mary’s Mantle.
Even without the 2021 parade (cancelled as of COVID), the UIS was still committed to help the selected charities: Most Holy Trinity Cabrini Clinic, Detroit Irish Radio, Pallottine Fathers Missions & Downtown Boxing Gym.
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.
A heartfelt thank you for everyone who volunteered and sponsored the 2023 parade! There was countless hours, effort and dedication that went into making the parade the huge success it was.