Join us for our 17th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 11th, 2017. The parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on the Burdick St. Mall, at Michigan Ave. marching south down Burdick street, turning right on to Cedar street and ending in front of the Knights of Columbus hall. The parade goes on, rain, snow or sun.
2017 Grand Marshal
The club is excited to announce that KDPS Chief Jeff Hadley has agreed to be this year’s grand marshal.
If interested in participating in the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 11th or you would like to be a sponsor, please call 269-372-7332 or email: email@example.com. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is presented by the Irish American Club Of Kalamazoo.
Friend of the Parade – Sons of Norway
See you there!!
Join us after the Parade for a Hooley!
The Irish American Club of Kalamazoo, the Quinn school of Irish Dance and Celtic Seasons have organized a Hooley, an authentic Irish Party, as a fundraiser for local families struggling with cancer. The proceeds this year will be distributed between 2 local families to assist with expenses not covered by insurance.
Our 5th annual Hooley for Healing will be held on Saturday, March 11th at Bell’s, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, downtown Kalamazoo. (MAP) This St. Patrick’s Day event will include Irish Step Dancers, a concert by Blarney Castle, a silent auction and even a kilt contest. The fun will begin at noon, immediately after the 17th annual St. Patrick’s parade.
Read about our 2015 parade:
Our 15th annual Kalamazoo St. Patrick’s Day parade took place on, March 14th, 2015 in Downtown Kalamazoo. Anne Lipsey served as Grand Marshall. Kicking off at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Michigan and Burdick Streets, the parade traveled south down Burdick to Cedar Street, turning right on Cedar St and ending at the Knights of Columbus Hall where corned beef and cabbage was served. Over 50 local groups, families, schools, organizations and businesses participated in the annual event.
Several thousand folks lined the streets of downtown Kalamazoo with green being the color of the day. Shamrocks and Irish flags adorned the warm and sunny Burdick Street Mall. Highlights of the 2015 parade included the Kalamazoo Pipe Band, putting a little “kilt rock” on the mall. Irish eyes were smiling as the Hackett Band kept in step playing some of everyones favorite Irish tunes. Proving that you don’t have to be Irish but share a love for Ireland, the Sons of Norway and The Kalamazoo Scottish Festival Association joined in our celebration. Local celebrities from television and radio,as well as several local sport teams participated. Families, proud of their Irish heritage rode in decorated vehicles or marched proudly behind banners etched with their family name or crest. Irish stepdancers kept the beat, local scouting troops, nonprofit agencies, businesses and restaurants all contributed to the fun and success of the parade by passing out treats to the onlookers.
To top off such a fine day, the parade ended with St. Patrick, himself . To find out more about our club or being a 2017 parade sponsor, please call 269-372-7332.