The 62nd Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade was supposed to be held on Sun., March 15 but is cancelled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. However, bars will still be open for business and could use your patronage without the normal 100k people who pack the streets. McShane’s, Bobcat Bonnie’s, PJ’s Lager House, Nancy Whiskey Pub, Corktown Tavern and Nemo’s will all be open.
The parade route follows Michigan Avenue the Corktown neighborhood, whose name reflects the large Irish community that came to Detroit from Cork County, Ireland. The festivities include a morning 5K, beer, Irish dancing, live music, and of course beer at local Irish establishments. The Family Fun Zone returns for its second year, providing heated grandstands in a reserved, family-friendly area with reserved parking.