The Friday 5 — May 24-27

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published May 22, 2019

St. Clair Shores Memorial Day parade
Sunday, May 26 • St. Clair Shores

The St. Clair Shores Memorial Day parade hits Jefferson Avenue on Sunday, May 26, with floats, community organizations and plenty of music.

The parade steps off at Jefferson Avenue and Nine Mile Road at 1 p.m. May 26, but this year, the party starts earlier for parade watchers, who will be able to hear entertainment from one of four musical acts scattered along the route beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Out of the more than 20 musical entries in this year’s parade, four will be performing for 10-12 minutes in different locations along Jefferson Avenue: The Contours will play their hits “First I Look at the Purse” and “Do You Love Me” at Wahby Park; Toby Keith tribute artist Mike Sugg will perform patriotic songs near Nine Mile Road; Las Vegas-style entertainer Mike Carluccio will play near 11 Mile Road; and the Joey Vee Band will perform at Stephens Road.

In addition, this year’s parade will include the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, three different motorcycle groups, skydivers and more military entries than ever before. For more information, visit www.scsmdp.com/2018-parade/2019-memorial-day-parade.

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Sterling Heights Memorial Day parade
Monday, May 27 • Sterling Heights

The Sterling Heights Memorial Day parade is turning 40 this year, and on Monday, it will make its way down Dodge Park Road with the theme “Celebrating and Honoring Women in the Military.”

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with an observance ceremony near City Hall featuring the Motor City Blend Chorus and the 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps. At 10 a.m., the parade will start at the Richard J. Notte City Center, 40555 Utica Road, and head southward along Dodge Park Road until reaching Heritage Junior High School, near Metropolitan Parkway, city officials said. Air Force Master Sgt. Hope Morphew will be the grand marshal.

For more information, visit www.sterling-heights.net/713/Memorial-Day-Parade

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Royal Oak Memorial Day parade
Monday, May 27 • Downtown Royal Oak

Marking a decades-old tradition, Royal Oak will hold its Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 27.

The parade will kick off at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the ceremony at 10 a.m. Due to downtown construction, this year’s parade will follow a modified route, beginning at Main Street and Lincoln Avenue, traveling up Main Street, and turning right onto Third Street. Then, visitors are invited to walk directly to the Royal Oak war memorial, across from the Royal Oak Public Library, for the ceremony.

The parade will include more than 50 groups and organizations, including the Royal Canadian Legion; the American Legion; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and this year’s grand marshal, Fox 2 Chief Meteorologist Rich Luterman, who served in the U.S. Air Force.

The Royal Oak Historical Society will hold its 22nd annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast fundraiser at the nearby Royal Oak Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to noon, and attendees are invited to stop by before the parade or after the ceremony. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.

For more information, call Royal Oak City Hall at (248) 246-3000.

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St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair
May 24-27 • Orchard Lake St. Mary’s campus, Orchard Lake

The 48th annual St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, a popular Memorial Day weekend family tradition, will be held Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27, on the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s campus, located at 3535 Commerce Road in Orchard Lake.

Hosted and sponsored by the St. Mary’s Preparatory Moms and Dads Club, the fair benefits the students at the more than 135-year-old high school. Along with traditional Polish foods, visitors can enjoy a Vegas-style gambling tent, a kids area, a sports tent, carnival rides, dancing, vendors and music. A variety of bands are also slated to perform, and new this year, VIP packages for Mitch Ryder and the Mega 80s will allow for up-close and personal seating.

The fair will be open 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. After 6 p.m., attendees must be 18 or older with a valid ID or be accompanied by a parent to enter the fair. Admission tickets will be available at the gate entrance with cash or credit card and cost $5 per person or $15 for families of up to six people. Children 3 and younger attend for free.

Free parking on the grounds of St. Mary’s will be available. To purchase discounted general admission fair tickets and ride pass vouchers, visit www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com.

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Ya’ssoo Greek Festival
May 24-26 • St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bloomfield Hills

St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 43816 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills, will host its annual Ya’ssoo Greek Festival during Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.

Visitors will enjoy Greek food and drinks, live music and theater, dancing, magic shows, a marketplace, a kids playground and much more. The festival will take place from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 24; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 25; and from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

For more information, visit www.YassooGreekFestival.com.


Staff Writers Kristyne Demske, Eric Czarnik and Sarah Wojcik contributed to this report.