Flint's St. Patrick's Day Celebration enters 33rd year - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Flint's St. Patrick's Day Celebration enters 33rd year

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(03/13/14) - Mid-Michigan is about to be washed out in sea of green.

Bay City's 60th annual St. Patrick's Day parade is Sunday at 2, and then on Monday, it's Flint's St. Patrick's Day Celebration - which promises to be one of it's biggest in years.

It's a Mid-Michigan tradition entering it's thirty-third year - and yes, the family-friendly event occasionally include a beverage or two.

"We're going to change it. We're going to have 'the water of life.' We've got Jameson, we've got Paddy's," said Peter Hogan, of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is putting plans in place for Monday's annual Flint St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

"We've got a couple of Irish wolf hounds coming down to lead the parade with me down to McFarlan Park. We'll raise the Irish flag, go back to St. Mike's gym and start the party at around 2 o'clock," said Mike Donlan, Grand Marshall.

This year's festivities once again feature the 4 mile Pot O'Gold race and Little Blarney kids run.

"It's a great race that goes around downtown Flint and ends up at the Masonic Temple downtown, and we give out awards afterwards, and everyone that runs gets a medal," Donlan said.

Proceeds from the day helps the Hibernians in their efforts to promote Irish culture - and to also lend a hand to several area organizations.

"The Shrine Burn Center, the Disability Network, Genesee County Special Olympics," Donlan said.

The Hibernians also set some money aside for an education fund.

"We've picked our Miss Hibernia Queen for 2014, and she gets a college scholarship," Donlan said.

Something new this year to help boost those fundraising totals - the Hibernians are holding a big silent auction, and you bet there's going to be plenty of green involved.

"A helmet, a football, and a couple of pictures that we've had signed by Max Bullough and Kyler Ellsworth, our local hero, the MVP from the Rose Bowl, and it's just great stuff," Donlan said.

The guys insist that nobody does St. Patrick's Day quite like the Hibernians.

"If anyone wants to see how good we throw a party, please come and see us," Hogan said.

For a schedule of St. Patrick's Day events, click HERE

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