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Bay City Has Hot Time At Saint Patrick's Parade 2012

March 21, 2012       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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You know Spring is coming when Bay City celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the annual parade down Center Avenue. covered the event for the TENTH YEAR and you'll find a sampling of our over 700 pictures spread out below.

This year set some records. The temperature was, by some reports, above EIGHTY DEGREES. The crowd was estimated to be 70,000 or more. That's more people than live in Bay City! Who wouldn't come out in those conditions?

This year saw a "first" as and Last Choice Country Radio streamed the parade live on the Internet. One camera was upstairs in the station offices in's offices. iPhone cameras were carried by reporters on the street, while other reporters worked with still cameras.

As usual, we know that more people want to see the pictures than read the article. So scroll down and get a flavor of this year's parade. If you want to show your friends and family in other parts of the country or world, just send them a link. is available wherever there's Internet access!

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:
2015-a, 2015-b, 2015-c, 2014, 2013-a, 2013-b, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007-a, 2007-b, 2006, 2006-b, 2005, 2004-a, 2004-b, 2003-a, 2003-b, 2003-c, 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

The parade was lead by the traditional escort of Police Cars, Fire and Rescue vehicles.
All had their sirens blaring and lights flashing.
It was certainly enough to get the heart pumping!

One of several color guards led the parade

John Glen Band

Gotta Have Pipers in the St. Pat's Parade!

Highest temperatures in years guaranteed a huge crowd.

Sarah Anderson, Junior Miss Bay County
Alexandra Herrera, Little Miss Bay County

Alicia McInnerney, Miss Bay County

Hey, it's a Pirate! (What's in the mug?)

Relay for Life Float

ServPro's Fire Engine

My, What a big hat you have!

Wow, Not sure WHAT to say about this guy, except that we guess he's Irish.

OK, Maybe there were TWO sets of green folks

Bay City All-Stars and Elite Cheerleading

Saginaw High Band was crowd favorite

Protect those eyes. It was hot and bright out there!

Battle of the Horns

A taste of the crowd at First Presbyterian Church

Shaina Marsrow, Munger Potato Festival Queen
Runners up Sarah Corrion and Kayla Rudy

Bay City Central Band Drum Line
Michigan's Oldest Continuous Marching Band

Hang onto that horse!

Who can resist the chance to pet a goat?

Something for Everyone

Moore Auto Fabricators

"Get a picture of the family!", he said. So we did.

This couple is an institution at the parade

Great hats, guys!

Bemo's - one of many bands and singers

Sweet Potato Queens - Bay Area Bling Babes

Man, that's gotta be HOT!
And he was dancing with the Zumba Troop

Shade helps both of them

The boys didn't know what to do when the little girl took off before the start.

There was a constant line at the First Presbyterian Hot Dog Sale

Oh Yeah! She wanted one of THOSE!


That's a handful!

Center Avenue was packed as far as you could see

Enough walking. These two prefer to ride.

Cheer if you're having fun

Speaks for itself.

Having a good time

That's enough. I'm tired

Broadcast Central
"Last Choice Country Radio" streamed the parade live
from the offices overlooking the parade route

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Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 30 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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