Céad míle fáilte romhat – A hundred thousand welcomes!
It was ohhhh so cold and then snowy, but Irish pride was strong for the 64th annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade held on Sunday, March 13th, 2022, starting at 1:00!. The 2020 and 2021 Parades were cancelled due to COVID-19, so the return of the 2022 Parade had everyone looking forward to it. In the words of Mike Kelly (UIS President and Parade Co-Chairman), “It’s been two years, baby, let’s have a parade!” while raising his scepter high to start the beginning of the 2022 parade.
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.
Sponsorship opportunities will be available for 2023 parade.
Even without the 2021 parade, the UIS was still committed to help the selected charities: Most Holy Trinity Cabrini Clinic, Jim Dewan UIS Scholarship Fund, Detroit Irish Radio, Pallottine Fathers Missions & Downtown Boxing Gym.
New 2022 CDC Outdoor Guidelines for the Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade. Please click for flyer.
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!
A heartfelt thank you for everyone who volunteered and sponsored the 2022 parade! There was countless hours, effort and dedication that went into making the parade the huge success it was.