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Your guide to Detroit St. Patrick's Day Parade, Corktown Races Sunday

Posted: 4:59 PM, Mar 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-10 22:04:59Z

Even though St. Patrick's Day is a week away, the festivities have begun.

More than 150,000 people are expected to descend on Detroit Sunday for the 59th Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade and  Corktown Race .

So here’s everything you need to know before heading to the party...

Weather:
Plan to dress warm as the sun will be bright, but the temps will be low -- with a high of 30 -- plus the wind chills will make it feel even colder. Get weather updates on WXYZ.com before heading out.

Also, don’t forget about Daylight Savings Time , which starts at 2 a.m. March 12 – so set your alarms accordingly.

First up, Corktown Run
When:
Race begins at 10 A.M.
Where: Michigan Central Station at Michigan Avenue and Vernor Hwy.
Additional Info: The annual Corktown run has become one of the largest 5KM races in Michigan, with thousands of participants attending each year. 

Followed by, Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: 12:30 P.M. and is expected to last about 2 hours
Where: The parade starts at the Irish Plaza on 6th street near Michigan Avenue in Corktown and goes down Michigan Avenue to 14th street
Parking: Parking can be tough in the area as there are no structures. However, plan to park near Michigan Ave. since most of the main road will be blocked off. Paid parking lots will be available nearby so plan to come as early as possible.
Expert Tip: The best viewing area is along Michigan Avenue from 6th Ave. and Rosa Parks Blvd.
Additional Info: The parade is the oldest, continuous ethnic parade in Detroit.