60th Anniversary of the
Bay City St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 16, 2014 • 2:00 p.m
For anyone looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon
and help the Bay City St. Patrick’s Day parade, please head over to
Boy Scout Road
The parade association will be kicking off their 2013 – 2014 fundraising with a
Benefit Taco Dinner, Auction, and Bake Sale
12:00 until 4:30
All proceeds will go to help defray the costs of the
60th anniversary parade to be held on March 16, 2014.
Entertainment will be provided by the josh ramses band. _____________________________________________
Bay City's parade began in 1955 and has grown to an event that has become a celebration for the Irish and Irish at heart.
The first St. Patrick's Day Parade was on March 17, 1955 at 5:30 p.m. The parade started at Center Avenue and Monroe Street and disbanded at City Hall on Washington Avenue. Mr. Jim Noonan was the Parade Marshal and 10,000 people attended the parade. Sheila Tennant was the St. Patrick's Day Queen riding the St. Patrick's Day float that featured a "harp" theme. Parade participants included the Central high school band, local Boy Scout troops, the Auburn Accordion marching band, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree drill team, AAA Furniture, Michigan Bell Telephone, Gillman Plumbing, Sabourin Drugs, and the Munger Civil Defense unit.
Past parades have featured the Notre Dame marching band and pipe bands from the U.S. and Canada. Among the marchers in the parade have been Michigan’s governor, Uncle Sam and a “bonafide” leprechaun. Horses, motorcycles, and Irish Wolfhounds have all been in our parades.
Each year our Queens pageant provides scholarship monies for the Queen and court. These young women of Irish descent are selected based on a personal interview a well as on stage poise and creativity.
The 2009 parade included the newly designed St. Patrick’s Day queen’s float, other new entries and many of the favorites from past parades. Marching bands, pipe bands, and drill teams will march down the street.
The 2012 parade was led by Parade Marshal, Denny Hayes. The parade began at 2:00 p.m. at Center and Park Avenues and ends at Wenona Park. Entries include the St. Patrick’s Day queen’s float, marching bands, pipe bands, and drill teams along with new entries. All will be marching to celebrate the Irish, our community and the beginning of spring.
The 2013 parade was led by Parade Marshal, Kelly Reed.
The 2014 parade starts at Center and Park Avenues and disbands at Center and Water Streets. Marching bands, pipe bands, and floats will march down the street led by the 2014 Parade Marshals, Leslie Walsh and Lisa Kreh.
Please join us and we hope you and yours have a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Slainte!
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