DETROIT — The birds are chirping. The hot dogs are sizzling. And the smell of elephant ears wafts over the sound of laughter as young and old friends catch up on a sunny afternoon after a long Michigan winter.

See Detroit Catholic's “Big List” of parish festivals

It's parish festival season in Metro Detroit.

For many years, Catholics across the region relied upon The Michigan Catholic newspaper's “Big List” of parish festivals as a guide to summer Catholic fun. This year, Detroit Catholic is taking up that tradition once again to provide readers with a list of summer “hot spots” at parishes across the region.

We rely on parishes to tell us their festival details; if you see a festival that's missing, let us know the details here.