St. Patrick’s Day in Detroit

It's that time of year again kids! ST. PATRICK'S DAY IS HERE! We're all about kissing, green beer and parties so we broke down the best events around the city celebrating our fave holiday. We promise all will be a good time! 

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in Corktown, kicks off a week of Gaelic celebrations, in the city, on Sunday, March 11 at 12:30 PM.

The annual parade started way back when in 1958. Father Patrick O’Sullivan, from St. Monica’s Parish, raised the cross high above his head and stepped out the front door of the church on March 17, 1958, to the sound of bagpipes. His lap around the block marked the first annual Corktown Parade.

Today, the parade marches down Michigan Avenue from 6th Street to 14th Street.

The Avenue will be lined with people dressed in green, cheering on floats and performers. It’s the busiest day of the year, in Corktown.

Make a day of bar hopping down Michigan Avenue, with friends, in your favorite festive outfit.

Nearby, Reddun Kitchen at the Trumbull and Porter Hotel has a special event planned for the day. There will be a live DJ, Tito's Girls, free tastings, Jack Daniel's cocktails and give aways from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

via WXYZ

via WXYZ

On March 17...

Beacon Park will host a free, family-friendly party in a heated tent. There will be Irish dancing, face painting, crafts and more. Parents can watch the March Madness games on the big screen, while enjoying an assortment of craft and domestic beers and food.

If you haven’t been to the new park, it’s a great chance to see it action. The green space has frequent events to bring the community together and will be opening a restaurant called Lumen, in the near future.

Nancy Whiskey, The Old Shillelagh, and McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar are some of our favorite OG bars to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 

The Gaelic League goes all out for the holiday and will be serving hot dogs, corned beef and ham, Irish stew and brown bread. Expect live music all day from their regular house bands, plus a performer named Dominik Hruby, who’s coming from Ireland. Admission is $10.

There are a ton of events taking place around the city on the night of the 17th.

Ant Hall is hosting The Slime Ball Part 2. There is a stacked line up of some of the best bands in the city. Doors open at 7 PM. The event is a fundraiser for Whatever Fest, a local music and arts festival that takes place later in May.

Detroit techno legend, Kevin Saunderson and his son, Dantiez, will be playing a Movement Preparty at TV Lounge. Tickets are $10 presale.

The Old Miami will be a hot spot for the night. It’s the “St. Patrick looks good in Leather” party. Industrial Detroit, Cervello Elettronico, Sleep Clinic, and Fluxion A/D will be playing all night long. Cover is $8.

In the morning, recover with Home Slice Pizza & Vinyl Brunch at Pop + Offworld. One of our favorites in the city, DJ Lady Fantastic, aka Sarah Aldridge will be mixing throughout brunch. Pizza, drink specials, chill vibes, and throwback arcade games, will ease you back into reality.

Roots to Rise Detroit will be on site hosting Sip & Stretch Yoga, so you can sweat out that hangover! Exact time to be announced, keep an eye on the event’s Facebook Page for further updates. There is a $10 suggested donation for yoga participants. Proceeds will go to a charity of Roots to Rise Detroit's choice.


Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit