St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us. How will you celebrate? A handful of communities across Michigan feature St. Paddy’s Day parades. Their Bed and Breakfast innkeepers invite you to come stay with them and celebrate the wearing of the green.
Take Lexington, an hour’s drive north of Detroit and right on the coast of Lake Huron. Join its pub crawl on March 16, starting out at the Irish Rose. Enjoy the parade downtown on St. Patrick’s Day at 2 p.m. After the parade, party on at Old Town Winery. For details, call 810-359-5340. To reserve an overnight or weekend guest room in one Lexington’s finest inns, click here.
Just a bit north in Bay City, the 58th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. at Center and Park avenues, ending at Wenona Park. Entries include the St. Patrick’s Day queen’s float, marching bands, pipe bands and drill teams. Innkeepers here invite you to come celebrate the Irish, Bay City and the beginnings of spring.
On the Southwest side of the state and on the Lake Michigan Coast, Saugatuck and Douglas innkeepers invite you to view the annual St. Pat’s Pet Parade, complete with costumes and other such furry-footed foolery, on Saturday, March 1 in downtown Saugatuck at 2 p.m. Look here for a listing of Lake to Lake-member inns throughout the area.
Downtown Holland joins its Saugatuck neighbord in going green on March 17. Right at noon, the parade that celebrates all things Irish in this Dutch community begins outside the Civic Center and travels up Eighth Street to College Avenue. Its innkeepers will be delighted to host you.
Not to be outdone by those shore-side resorts, Grand Rapids plans a gala event downtown called “Irish on Ionia.” Upwards of 5000 are expected to attend the event, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Featuring beer, live music, food and fun, the event is held in conjunction with downtown restaurants along Ionia Street. Need a place to finally lay your head? Find it here.
Last but far from least, the Irish American Club of Kalamazoo invites you to its 12 Annual St. Patrick’s Parade, downtown on March 17 at 11 a.m. Afterward, you’re invited to leave your donation at “Hooley for Healing,” a benefit for West Michigan families coping with cancer. Held at the Up and Under Restaurant at 711 W Michigan Ave., 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., it features classic Corned Beef & Cabbage, a cash bar, Men’s Kilt and Best Legs Contest, Bagpipes and Quinn School of Irish Dancers with special guests formerly of Riverdance, music by The Bog Road and Gasta and a silent auction. Check here for a fine Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast Inn.
All the inns found via links in this blog are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. They are regularly and professionally-inspected for more than 100 points of quality including safety. cleanliness, professionalism and comfort. Find Quality Assured member inns all across the state by clicking here.
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