Join us for our 20th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday March 14th, 2020. The parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on the Burdick street 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.
2019 Grand Marshal
The Irish American Club of Kalamazoo and the 2019 Parade committee are excited to announce this year’s Grand Marshal. This year we will be honoring the Kalamazoo Bicycle Community. Biking Clubs from the Kalamazoo area will be honoring bikers who have been killed or injured while riding, as well as celebrating the community as a whole. Bikers will be riding at the beginning of the parade.
If interested in participating in the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 14th or you would like to be a sponsor, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is proudly presented by the Irish American Club Of Kalamazoo.
Friends of the 2019 Parade
Sons of Norway, Shamrock Montessori Center, WWMT, Kalamazoo Rugby Club, Housing Resoures, The McGuire Family, Paramount Charter Academy, Kalamazoo County Democratic Party, Portage Area Girl Scouts, Quinn School of Irish Dance, The Ample Pantry, Specialized Staffing Solutions, El Concilio, Congessman Fred Upton
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 8th annual Hooley for Healing will be held on Saturday, March 14th at Bell’s, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, downtown Kalamazoo. (MAP) This annual St. Patrick’s Day event will include Irish Step Dancers, music by Whiskey Before Breakfast, a silent auction and other fun activities. The fun will begin at noon, immediately after our 20th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, with the doors opening at 11:00.
Read about our 2017 parade:
Our 17th annual Kalamazoo St. Patrick’s Day parade took place on, March 16th, 2017 in Downtown Kalamazoo. KDPS Chief Jeff Hadley 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. 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 2017 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 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 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 2019 parade sponsor, please email email@example.com.
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.