by Robin B 

Gather up your favorite lads and lasses and celebrate the one day a year where everyone’s Irish. Kalamazoo offers parades and celebrations suitable for the family and your little leprechauns. Check out the listing below for some great St. Patrick’s day fun, along with some other ideas, too.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 12th starting at 11:00 am in downtown Kalamazoo.

Join the Irish American Club of Kalamazoo for their 16th annual St. Patrick’s parade on March 12th, 2016. The parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on the Burdick St. Mall, at Michigan Ave. in beautiful downtown Kalamazoo. The parade goes on, rain, snow or sun.

2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshall is Paul Graham, co-owner of Gallagher’s Eatery and Pub.

Last year’s parade: The 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.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Saugatuck 

March 12th starting at 2:00 pm in downtown Saugatuck. 

The Irish spirit abounds right here in O’Saugatuck and McDouglas as the Saugatuck/Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau will be sponsoring the pet themed, “Erin Go Bark! People and their Pets” Parade on Saturday March 12, 2016 at 2pm in downtown Saugatuck. All creatures great and small are invited to participate in the parade to express their “Irish side.” Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed pets. Line up for the parade will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Culver Street parking lot next to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Saugatuck Brewing Company will be serving a traditional Irish Breakfast Buffet on Saturday March 12 from 8:30 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for children under 12. Included with admission will be live music from Rich Burkholder and special guests Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance only at Saugatuck Brewing Company, (269) 857-7222.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Holland

March 12th starting at noon at the downtown Holland Civic Center. 

The community of Holland, well known for its Dutch ancestry, goes Irish for the sixth year in a row as organizers commemorate St. Patrick with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Downtown Holland! The event will kick off with a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 12:00 pm. The parade begins at the Eight Street Marketplace and travels east down Eighth Street until it reaches the Curragh Irish Pub and New Holland Brewing Company Restaurant and Pub (on the corner on Eighth Street and College Avenue).

Irish dancers, bagpipers, and kilt-wearers are just a few of the parade highlights! Families and individuals wearing green are invited to carry Irish flags in the parade (a limited number of flags will be available at no charge).


Grand Ledge St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Located an hour Northeast of Kalamazoo, the Grand Ledge Parade weekend will be March 11 and 12. Music, dancing, food & drinks at the Opera House begins Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. The parade will be held downtown Grand Ledge on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., with entertainment at the Opera House immediately following the Parade.


St. Patrick’s Day Crafternoon

March 17 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library – Central Library (Story Place)

Create your own lucky charm at the make and take craft table. Best for ages 6-11.


St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

March 12 from noon – 2 p.m. Antwerp Sunshine Branch Library – Mattawan

Children of all ages are invited to drop in and make a variety of St. Patrick’s Day crafts! This is free and open to the public. For more information, phone 269-668-2534.


Kalamazoo Wings Green Ice Game

March 17 at 7:30 p.m. come experience the 35th Annual World Famous St. Patrick’s Day Green Ice Game at the Wings Event Center.


St. Patrick’s Day Party

March 19 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. From dress-up to decorations, there is something for everyone! Color a St. Patrick’s Day suncatcher, a leprechaun finger puppet, and a pin. Decorate a hat, a bracelet, and a clover necklace. Lace a rainbow, design a picture frame, and create a pot of gold and a fairy. May the luck of the Irish be with you as you move from craft to craft during this free program.


More St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Finally, are you a fan of those famous shamrock shakes, but not all of the added ingredients? Check out this recipe for a delicious homemade (and healthier) shamrock shake.









By | 2016-03-03T06:49:43+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published|Comments Off on St. Patrick’s Day FUN Around Kalamazoo

About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.