By Lori Melton
St. Patrick’s Day was originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. The holiday is celebrated every year on March 17, which is believed to be the date St. Patrick died. Through the years, the holiday has become a celebration of all things Irish. There are lots of ways to honor St. Patrick’s Day wherever you live, from eating corned beef and cabbage, to drinking green beer and attending a parade. Here’s a look at five of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in and around Detroit.
Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade
2068 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
Date: March 11, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Detroit’s St. Patrick’s Parade celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The parade runs ahead of the holiday, on Sunday, March 11 and the grand event features marching and pipe and drums bands, floats, clowns, color guard units, and novelty groups. The route starts on 6th Street and Michigan Avenue, runs along Michigan Avenue and ends on 14th Street. This year, the parade features a Family Fun Zone at the beginning of the route with heated grandstands, live Irish entertainment, Irish step dancing lessons, face painting, a clown/balloon artist, inflatable amusements, food, private restrooms, and reserved parking.
Painting of the Shamrocks
Gaelic League of Detroit
2068 Michigan Ave.
Date: March 9, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Meet at the Gaelic League of Detroit at 11 a.m. and march over to Irish Plaza to help paint the shamrocks lining the Detroit’s St. Patrick’s Parade route. UIS Officers, the UIS Queen of Detroit, Parade Grand Marshals and more will be on hand to help attendees turn the streets of Detroit green for the big St. Patty’s Parade which takes place this year on Mar. 11.
Downriver’s Largest St. Patrick’s Day Party
Market Center Park
13631 Eureka Road
Southgate, MI 48195
Date: March 17, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Crystal Gardens, Social Life Detroit and Spectrum Productions are sponsoring this fun St. Patrick’s Day party starts at 12 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. on March 17. This is a 21 and over event which is ticketed by Event Brite. A $15 VIP ticket includes a drink, an Irish-inspired dinner and raffle ticket. FiftyAmpFuse will begin playing at around 6 p.m. Gate entry is just $5. There will be heated tents, food, drink specials, green beer and more.
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Largest St. Patrick’s Day Event
31816 Utica Road
Fraser, MI 48026
Date: March 17, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Touted as Metro Detroit’s largest St. Patrick’s Day indoor-outdoor event, this huge party starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 and runs until midnight. Festivities take place in two huge heated tents and three banquet rooms. Live bands and DJs will be on hand for music and dancing. Irish-themed food includes O’Vintage Corned Beef Sandwiches and Irish boiled dinners, which are available for dine-in or drive-thru. There will be lots of spirits, with no cover until noon. From noon – 3 p.m., $5 and 3-11 p.m., $10.
St. Patrick’s Day Party
349 Monroe St.
Date: March 17, 2018 at 7 a.m.
This Metro Detroit Irish pub offers free shuttle service to all Little Caesars Arena events throughout the year via their green shuttle bus. The “Best Bar in Wayne County” Detroit Poll winner really pulls out all the stops for St. Patrick’s Day. They offer heated tents and lots of seating in their renowned three-story facility. The daylong St. Patty’s Day celebration starts at 7 a.m. with a $15 entry cover that gives you armband in-and-out access all day. They offer an extensive list of beers on tap “from Dublin to Detroit.” The St. Patrick’s Day party is for 21 and over.