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The Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade scheduled for Sunday, March 14, 2021 was canceled
United Irish Societies President, Board Predict Bigger, Better 2022 Event!

DETROIT, Jan. 28, 2021—The United Irish Societies (UIS) announced today that the 63rd annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade scheduled for Sunday, March 14, 2021, has been canceled and the related Corktown Races have been canceled as well.

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. However, with the coronavirus pandemic still prevalent across the U.S. and metro Detroit, parade leaders agreed to cancel was the best course of action to keep the community safe. They’ve turned their focus to the 2022 event to be as safe as possible for potential participants, spectators, and sponsors. The organizers expect 2022’s event to return bigger and better than ever.

“As we continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols, it became very clear that it would be difficult to promote and host the 2021 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade in a way that maintained safety for our sponsors, members, participants and viewers,” said UIS President Michael Kelly.  “Therefore, with heartfelt disappointment, the UIS and Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade Committee have decided to cancel the 2021 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade this year,” Kelly said.

The Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade recognizes the charitable contributions of the Detroit UIS member groups in the Detroit community and the parade is a chance to celebrate their Irish Heritage. Although the 2020 and 2021 parades were canceled, the UIS and Parade Committee honored their commitment to sponsors, including Ford Motor Company and The Kitch Law Firm.

Since 2018, the UIS also donated more than $32,500 of its sponsorship proceeds to several metro Detroit charities including the following four in 2020:

  • St. Patrick’s Senior Center
  • Bridges Beyond Boxing
  • The Capuchin Soup Kitchen
  • The UIS Scholarship Program

According to 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.”

For 62 years, the 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.

For more information about the event, visit or visit the parade’s Facebook Page at Detroit St. Patrick’s.

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

Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2022. For more information, email John Carey at, or call 734.658.1733.



Peggy Sullivan Gray

We are honored to have Peggy Sullivan Gray as the Grand Marshal!

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.