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The Friday 5 — March 15-17

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published March 13, 2019

1. St. Patrick’s Day parade
Saturday, March 16 • Royal Oak

Irish eyes will be smiling this weekend in downtown Royal Oak with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, returning to paint the town green at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

The parade — presented by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, O'Brien Division — will kick off at Royal Oak Middle School, travel south down Washington Avenue to Seventh Street and end at St. Mary Catholic Church. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up along the parade route, and children may bring a bag to collect treats and trinkets from those walking in the parade. Officials advise that those attending the parade arrive downtown early to find a good place to park and to stake out a spot for watching the festivities.

For more information, visit the parade’s event page on Facebook.

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2. Lucky Leprechaun Race
Saturday, March 16 • Utica

Lace up your running shoes, wear plenty of green and head to downtown Utica this Saturday morning for the annual Lucky Leprechaun Race.

The event includes a 5K run/walk and a “Green Mile” run/walk, both beginning at 10:30 a.m. Festivities kick off even earlier, though, with registration at 8 a.m., bagpipers and a DJ performing at 9:15 a.m., and a costume contest at 10:15 a.m. An awards presentation will be held at 11:15 a.m., followed by a post-race pub crawl.

For more information or to register, visit

3. St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Day and Party
Saturday, March 16 • Beacon Park, Detroit

St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans are starting a day early with a full lineup of festivities planned from 1 to 10 p.m. at Beacon Park, located at Grand River and First Street, outside of DTE Energy’s downtown Detroit headquarters.

Sponsored by DTE Energy, the event begins with family-friendly activities from 1 to 5 p.m., complete with Irish dance performances, crafts and more. At 5 p.m., the park’s heated tent will turn into a pub, with live music, a DJ and lawn games.

For more information, visit

4. Free Day at the Michigan Science Center
Sunday, March 17 • Michigan Science Center, Detroit

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Michigan Science Center will offer free general admission from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

The Free Day is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, and it aims to celebrate the contributions of women in STEM. With free admission, visitors can explore more than 250 hands-on exhibits, live stage shows, the Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab, the STEM Playground and more.

For more information or to preregister for Free Day, visit

5. Symphony and chorale concert
Friday, March 15 • Seaholm High School, Birmingham

The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale will come together for a joint performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the recently remodeled Wagner Auditorium at Seaholm High School, 2436 West Lincoln Road in Birmingham.

The evening of music will commence with the “The Consecration of the House,” by Ludwig van Beethoven, followed by the main event — a 45-minute performance of “Jubilate Deo,” by Dan Forrest.

Tickets cost $15 for adults or $12 for students and seniors ages 60 and older, and admission is free for those ages 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the high school, online or by phone. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale at (586) 792-7464, ext. 505.

Related story: Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Detroit Chorale team up for concert

Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik contributed to this report.