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Guide To Royal Oak’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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St. Patrick's Day

The annual Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Royal Oak celebrates and honors Irish family tradition, pride and heritage. The Norman O’Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberians hosted the parade, which is set to kick off at Royal Oak Middle School’s parking lot on March 10th at 11:30 a.m.

Parade Fun Facts

Number of Floats – Over 35 parade units

Participants – Approximately 300 people marching

Attendance – 2,500-3,500

Cost – Free for all spectators

Who’s Who

2012 Grand Marshall – Dan Reedy of Danny’s Irish Pub

Honorary Grand Marshalls – Don Reid of Royal Oak and Malenida Sutton

2011 Mrs. Michigan winner Annette Kelly is also expected to attend.

This Year’s Participants

doc4d7bead98f7917719911581 Guide To Royal Oaks St. Patricks Day Parade  Irish clans from all across Michigan will be competing against each other for the best float. Judges will pick winners based off of who portrays the best example of Irish pride. Other participants will be dressed in costumes celebrating their Irish heritage and bagpipers will be on hand playing Irish tunes.

Post Parade Festivities

corned beef sandwich e1292427904277 Guide To Royal Oaks St. Patricks Day Parade  When the parade concludes around 12:30 p.m., spectators can head to the Royal Canadian Legion Hall off of 11. Mile Rd for food and drinks. Corned beef and cabbage or hot dog meals will be available for purchase.

Parade Route

The parade starts at Royal Oak Middle School and heads south towards Washington. The route passes the announcer reviewing stand at the intersection of Sixth and Washington, turns west onto Seventh and ends at the St. Mary Church parking lot.

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