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. 10,000 people attended the parade. Sheila Tennant was the St. Patrick's Day Queen. The St. Patrick's Day float featured a "harp" theme. Parade participants included the Central high school band, local Boy Scout troops, the Auburn Accordian marching band,
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree drill team, AAA Furniture, Michigan Bell Telephone, Gillman Plumbing, Sabourin Drugs, and the Munger Civil Defense unit.
Other parades featured the Notre Dame marching band and pipe bands from the U.S. and Canada. Horses, motorcycyles, and Irish Wolfhounds have all been in our parades.
The 2004 parade will include more floats and new faces. Marching bands, pipe bands, and drill teams will march down the street led by the 2004 Parade Marshal, Mr. John Davidson. Parade participants will receive a special thank you certificate for being in the parade.
The parade has become a passage to Spring that attracts visitors from all over the state and beyond. The association is proud to present an event that heralds all the "good things" about our community and county.
Here are the officers of our association. We thank them for their willingness to help coordinate our parade.