Bay City Set For 57th St. Pat's Day Parade 3-17-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Bay City Set For 57th St. Pat's Day Parade 3-17-2011

While Thursday is St. Patrick's Day, the huge official parade will be this Sunday in Bay City.
Thousands are expected to turn out for the 57th rendition of the parade. WNEM TV5's Craig McMorris talked with a former parade marshal who can't wait for the annual event.
Jan Rau has worked on the parade for 25 years. She was the parade marshal back in 1998 and said it's an experience she'll never forget.
"Every marshal I’ve talked too, and myself included, [say] you don't really walk down, you float down the street,” said Rau. “It's just such a wonderful, euphoric feeling and such an honor to have people honor you and your organization for that."
There will be 150 entries in this year’s parade, and organizers said they hope to keep it at that number. Just what will you see at this year's parade?
"We've got five high school bands, we have a pipe band, we have about 50 floats, a lot of different marchers [and] organizations that want to showcase what they contribute to our community," Rau said.
Rau recommends that parade goers come early, come prepared for any type of weather, be patient and get ready to have a lot of fun.
That parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, the start at Park and Center avenues in Bay City with the end at Wenona Park.
There are also tickets still available to the George Walsh Irish Ball on Saturday evening, which is in conjunction with the parade. For more information on all the events surrounding the parade, click here.
On Thursday, the Bay City Police Department issued this statement regarding the day's events: The Bay City Police Department would like to announce the annual St. Patrick's Day Run and Parade are going to be held this Sunday, March 20, 2011.
The Run will start in downtown Bay City on Center Ave. at 11:40 am. The Run will follow Center Ave. east to Trumbull St. and then north. The run will then utilize 1st St. between N. Trumbull St. and Park Ave., Nebobish Ave. between N. Scheurmann Rd. and N. Trumbull St., and Park Ave. between Nebobish Ave. and Center Ave.
The Parade will start at Center Ave. and Park Ave. at 2:00 pm and proceed west on Center Ave. to the downtown area.
The above streets will be closed to all traffic during the St. Patrick's Day activities. They will close at 10:00 am and remain closed to all traffic until 5:30 pm.
If you plan on attending the parade, please arrive early and park on a side street. Do not bring any alcohol and please dress for the weather.

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