UPDATE: Organizers have decided to cancel Saturday’s parade due to the coronavirus outbreak.

By Jon King/jking@whmi.com

A parade and traditional Irish festivities will again take over downtown Pinckney this weekend.

The 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon Saturday from the Pinckney Historical cemetery and travels east down Main Street to the Township Square. Susie Tennyson is the event organizer and says things will get underway with the annual Run for the Gold 5K, sponsored by the Light of the World Academy at 10am, followed by a kids Fun Run. Other events leading up to the parade include a cutest leprechaun contest and Irish dancers on Main Street.

The 2020 Parade Grand Marshal is Connor Petzke, a 9 year old student at Navigator Upper Elementary. Connor (bottom pic) was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 22 months of age and has inspired the community with his resilience and life spirit. Additional details are available through the link below.