Bad news for St. Patrick's Day for the second year in a row.

The coronavirus pandemic has struck again! Organizers of the annual St. Patrick's Parade in Detroit have decided to cancel this year's event that was scheduled for Sunday, March 14th in Corktown. The United Irish Societies announced today that the parade and the Corktown Races will not be happening this year.

As we continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols, it became very clear that it would be difficult to promote and host the 2021 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade in a way that maintained safety for our sponsors, members, participants and viewers...Therefore, with heartfelt disappointment, the UIS and Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade Committee have decided to cancel the 2021 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade this year...said United Irish Societies President Michael Kelly. 

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In a typical year, the parade and festivities attract 80,000 to 100,000 people to Detroit. Event organizers are hoping to return to regular parade events next year in 2022.

We’re looking forward to the biggest and most successful Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade in our history on Sunday, March 13, 2022. We’ll transform Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, and Michigan Avenue, home to industry, dreamers, entrepreneurs and more, into a celebration of Irish history, culture and opportunity...said Kelly.

This is such a bummer to hear. I have been to that parade a number of times and spent a couple of St. Patrick's Days in Detroit and always had a blast. I really hope that some type of event will happen when it comes to St. Patrick's Day this year! I think we could all use a good party one way or another...or at least some drinks for sure!

Source: WDIV


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