St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Irish cultural pride on display Saturday, and, yes, wear green.

Saturday, Mar. 14, 11 a.m.
Downtown Grand Rapids, Begins Monroe Center
Each year, Grand Rapids welcomes many groups and organizations who take to the streets in celebration of one’s identity. It also presents a chance for area locals and visitors to learn a bit more about the many cultures that make our city truly Grand (Rapids). 

This year is no exception and one of the most anticipated parades to arrive in downtown Grand Rapids is our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on Monroe Center and snakes around the city to end at the Grand Rapids Public Library. 

The 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s Grand Marshal is Mike Scott, who is an influential player within our local Irish-American community. For the last five years, Scott has served as the President of AOH Grand Rapids, Mi, and as their parade director for the past seven years. 

And should none of this ring a bell, then maybe you may recall seeing him play the banjo with the Conklin Ceili Band for the last 20 years.

Once the parade is over and you find yourself wondering what to do, it is understandable if you migrate to a local pub or trek over to the state’s largest St. Patty’s Street Party at Irish on Ionia.

As for me, might I be bold enough to suggest that should we be facing a possible self-isolation moment in our state soon due to COVID-19 that a stop in the library to secure a few books on Irish history or lore could be just the ticket should we find ourselves in the virus’ path?

Being smart in the face of a public health crisis is still a place we should all aspire to for us, our families, and our communities far and wide.

Since this worldwide virus is just appearing in Michigan, please check with St. Patrick’s Day Parade event page as the day gets closer for any changes or medical advisories for those most susceptible to COVID-19. 
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