Think you’re going to sit at home drinking beer in your green shirt this St. Patrick’s Day? Think again. With this list of exciting ways to celebrate the Irishman’s holiday, you’ll want to think green all month long.
Detroit loves its parades and takes the Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade just as seriously as America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Still going strong after 55 years, this parade heads down Michigan Avenue and 6th Street, continuing down to 14th Street, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Show up early to get a prime spot for kilt watching and bagpipe listening.
The suburbs of metro Detroit also offer festive spectacles. Oakland County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in Royal Oak on Saturday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Themed “Forty Shades of Green,” this year’s event involves a “Lucky Dash” three-mile fun run.
Still not sure where to rejoice the leprechaun? No problem. On Friday, March 8, from 8-11 p.m., D:hive, a store front in Detroit’s central business district that connects people with tools and resources to live and work in the city, will hook you up for $5 with its “Know Before You Go Bar Tour,” which points out prime bars in Corktown for celebrating accordingly.
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Old Shillelagh in Greektown is deemed “Detroit’s most famous Irish bar” and is hosting St. Pat’s Weekend Blast with events March 15-17. With live entertainment, a dunk tank and face and body painting, you should expect the unexpected, a traditional Irish meal and a whole lot of shamrocks.
If you’re looking for something is more low-key—but not much—check out any of these recommended metro Detroit microbreweries and brewpubs. Other places that won’t disappoint include Mercury Burger Bar, Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub and Nemo’s downtown, and Irish classics Dick O’ Dows Irish Pub in Birmingham and Sean O’Callaghan’s in Plymouth. If that's not enough, check out this list of 10 Detroit microbreweries and brewpubs.