St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Due to rising costs of the parade we are currently in need of some generous people to help sponsor the parade and help us to cover these costs. If you are interested, please contact Margaret at email@example.com
Friends of the 2023 Parade
Slappy & The Kalamazoo Wings, State Senator Sean McCann and the Kalamazoo County Democrats, Sons of Norway, Liam the Extra Large Leprechaun, Kirk & Judy McBride, the Kalamazoo County Republican Party, Sweet Caroline’s Ice Cream Truck, Liberty Tax Service, Kalamazoo Rugby Club, the Notre Dame Club, bud & mary’s and WWMT and CW7
St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2023
Our St. Patrick’s Day parade took place on, March 11th, 2023 in Downtown Kalamazoo. Longtime friend of our club and MC of our Irish Fest, Liam the Extra Large Leprechaun 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 Rose St. Over 20 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 2023 parade included the Kalamazoo Pipe Band and the Kalamazoo Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps putting a little “kilt rock” on the mall. Irish eyes were smiling as they played some of everyone’s favorite Irish tunes. Proving that you don’t have to be Irish but share a love for Ireland, the Sons of Norway and El Concilio 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 step dancers 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.
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you.