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St Pat Parade Bay City
About Us: Past and Present

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.  

Our Officers 2003-2004
Mr. Tom Newsham
Vice President
Jan Rau
Linda Weaver
Betty Oswald
Kathi Newsham
Rosalie Walsh
Rose McEachern
Eileen Marshall
Parade Marshal
John Davidson

Our Queens pageant provides scholarship monies for the Queen and court.  Each year a Queen and two princesses are selected based on a personal interview and creativity.  Scholarship awards total $2000.


The parade starts at Center and Park Avenue at 2 p.m.  The parade proceeds west to Water Street and disbands at Water and Center Street.  The parade lasts about two hours.  Be sure to dress in accordance with the weather!