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Whether you want to make a good first impression or share a night out with your long-time love, putting a little thought and effort into planning something special is always appreciated. So skip the movie and make some Motown memories this winter.

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Detroit's past is rich with black history. The city was the seat of some of the most important movements and historic events — from key stops along the Underground Railroad to its musical contributions. So while others spend February in the rosy glow of cupid, candy hearts and Valentine's Day, Detroiters pay homage to an impactful part of the city's fabric.

Here are a few ideas forcelebrating Black History Month in Detroit:

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StPattysDay AmiWoods

St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in Detroit. We may not have a green river, but we know what we’re doing when it comes to throwing a festive party. There are enough parades and places to get green gear here to make you feel as good as a pot o’ gold. Whether you’re with friends, pets, or your little leprechauns, Visit Detroit has you covered with seven tips for increasing your luck this St. Paddy’s Day.

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BBQ BadBrad

While Detroit isn’t the barbecue capital of the country — actually, it’s still up for debate which city is — The D can certainly hold its own when it comes to that authentic, smoky, mouthwatering barbecue cuisine.

Ask any barbecue enthusiast about the different kinds of barbecue, and you’re likely to spark a debate about which is best. And if you’re in North Carolina, Alabama or Texas, you’ll get totally different takes on the mighty brisket. But in Detroit, you can sink your your teeth into a hybrid of barbecue styles, each with a flavor that’s uniquely The D.

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This year, Feb. 17 is Fat Tuesday, the last day before the season of Lent where many Christians refrain from indulgent treats. For Detroiters it’s better known as Paczki Day, when local bakeries serve up dozens of traditional Polish pastries as a last chance to enjoy a sweet treat. Whether or not you observe Lent, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to try a “paczek,” as a single Paczki is called.

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