Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day … even if you’re not Irish

March 17, 2012
Various Metro Detroit Locations,
Cost: Varies

Before we can start counting our spring chicks, we’ve got at least the month of March to get through. But that doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play. March 17, the Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, provides a perfect opportunity to celebrate – even if you’re not Catholic or Irish. Metro Detroit offers plenty of unique opportunities to celebrate this fun-filled holiday, and some of them involve not an ounce of green beer. Here’s a rundown on some of the local festivities: 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Michigan Avenue and Sixth Street, Detroit: On March 11 at 2 p.m. the 54th annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Day will commence in what is known as Corktown, the oldest Detroit neighborhood, which in the 19th century became home to many Irish immigrants from County Cork. The parade incorporates floats, clowns, marching units, color guard units and pipe bands, and is sponsored by the United Irish Societies. If you’re religious, you might attend 10:30 a.m. mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 58 Parsons Ave., before the parade. Visit www.detroitstpatricksparade.com for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Gaelic League in Detroit: Starting at noon, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17 at the Gaelic League, an Irish-American club located at 2068 Michigan Avenue. There will be Irish music and food, with a tent for spillover guests. The fee is $10 for those who aren’t members of the Gaelic League. Call (313) 964-8700 for more information.

“Go Green” at The Henry Ford Museum: On March 12, head to The Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Avenue in Dearborn, for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration complete with a scavenger hunt, storytelling and projects for kids. The event runs 10 a.m. to noon. Admission to the museum, which is required for participation, is $17 for adults $12.50 for kids and free for kids 5 years old and younger. Call (313) 982-6001 for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pinckney: Pinckney hosts its annual parade at 11 a.m. on March 17. The event includes Leprechaun costume contest for the kids before the parade, a 5K run and a bed race, believe it or not. Visit www.villageofpinckney.org for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day at Casey’s in Walled Lake: On March 17, Casey’s, located at 1003 East West Maple in Walled Lake, opens at 8 a.m. to start the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The bar promises three live bands, Irish bagpipers, green eggs and ham, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and of course green beer. There will even be a tent for overflow guests, plus a chance to sing karaoke. Call (248) 669-5200 for more information.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Royal Oak: On March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to noon, the Norman O’Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will host the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Royal Oak. The parade route will begin at the Royal Oak Middle School parking lot and proceed south on Washington, turn west on Seventh Street and end at the St. Mary Church/School parking lot. Visit www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us for more information.

Roseville Library’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration: On March 16 at 2 p.m., the Roseville Library, 29777 Gratiot Avenue, will host Charlie Taylor and Larry Larson, famous for their Gaelic singing. Come for lighthearted, free concert. No tickets or registration are required. Call (586) 445-5407 for more information.

San Marino Club of Troy’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: On March 17, the San Marino Club goes Irish. From 8 p.m. to midnight, the club, located at 1685 E Big Beaver, just west of John R in Troy, will have Irish and top 40 music, an appetizer buffet and plenty of green beer. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Call (248) 689-4615 for more information.

Cass Bar of Utica’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Head out March 17 and celebrate St. Pat’s Day with bagpipers, Irish food, drink specials and a big tent. The bar opens at 7 a.m. and is located at 45108 Cass Avenue. Call (586) 580-2164 for more information.