On March 8th, you can join neighbors and friends in wearing green in the Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, in downtown Royal Oak. The Annual Parade kicks off with a Lucky Dash, a 5k run, followed by the parade, which is a celebration of Irish traditions and heritage.
The theme for this year’s procession is “forty shades of green”.
The parade has floats, step dancers, bagpipers and members of various community groups . The parade recognizes not only the largest clan (family) in the parade (like the Clancy’s, Hennessey’s or Cavanaugh’s), but the loudest, most creative and most spirited groups participating.
The event is free, so you can bring family and friends, and don’t forget to dress for the weather. It may be a bit chilly.
The parade is presented by The Norman O’Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a organization officially formed in New York in 1836. For information on this organization visit: www.oaklandcountyaoh.com