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Annual Saint Patrick Day Parade Kicks Off Spring In Bay City

Warmer Weather Arrived Right On Schedule For A Beautiful Parade Day

March 19, 2019       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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After an exceptionally cold, snowy (and sometimes wet) start to the new year, things turned out just fine for the 65th annual Saint Patrick's Parade in downtown Bay City.

From the looks of things, the crowd was a little larger than usual. People lined both sides of Center Ave for the entire two-mile parade route. Festivities started right on time at 2:00 in the afternoon and the final entries arrived in downtown by about 4:00.

All of the "usual suspects" were in the long line of participants. The parade started with the ear-splitting parade of emergency vehicles all running their sirens at full volume. Then came politicians, the various pageant Queens, and their Courts, bands, and every organization, church, and the company you can think of. Scattered among these were dogs, horses, minicars, bikes, and even a radio-controlled car zooming around.

For the second year, the Scotville Clown Band was featured. They've been entertaining Michigan since 1903. Like last year, the band followed the parade with a free concert at the Historic Masonic Temple on the corner of Madison and Center. The thirty or so musicians rocked the Blue Room with fun music, antics, and lots of audience participation. Great fun for everyone. We look forward to seeing Scottville again next year!

Check out the bands full story at You can also look up the clown band on YouTube or Instagram. There are lots of videos, including some from this last event.

Here's our usual collection of photos from the day. Actually, it's more than usual... there were just so many happy people! Take a look and send a link to your friends and relatives. is read worldwide. It's fun to show others how we enjoy ourselves each spring.

Just for the fun of it, you might want to check out these St. Pat's stories from previous years. It's interesting just to see how digital cameras have evolved since 2002:
For another take on the subject of parades, check out what was going on in 1978 in this 1978 Flashback article from the archives of the Bay County Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise newspapers. Published from 1976 through 1984, those papers were the "grandparents" of today's

Links to Instagram videos from the 2019 parade:

Traditional Kick Off to the Bay City Saint Patrick's Parade.

Scottville Clown Band plays the Blue Room in a free concert at the Historic Masonic Temple in Downtown following the parade.

Bay City Central High Marching Band. The oldest continuous marching band in the State.

John Glen High School Marching Band.

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Stephen Kent

Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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