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Mid-Michigan offers a wide array of events to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, from green beers invading the local pubs, to something more appealing to families, teetotalers or those nursing hangovers. Here is a brief guide to area events:


Events get underway with photos and a presentation to the honorees at St. Michael's Church (Corner of 5th Avenue and Saginaw Street) at 11 am for Flint's St. Patrick's Day Celebration and 2010 Pot O' Gold 4 Mile Run and Walk. The presentation is followed by a mass of St. Patrick at 12:02 pm. From there, attendees will head over to the Masonic Temple on Saginaw Street for Irish dancing, food and music by Equinox. The race starts at 5:30 pm. For more information, visit the official site for Flint's St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

The green beer will be flowing at Hamilton Street Pub (308 S. Hamilton Street) in Saginaw. In addition to green beer, the Pub will be offering drink specials on Guinness, Killians, Irish Car Bombs and other Irish-themed drinks. The party kicks off at 9:30 pm and will also feature gifts and prizes. Other Saginaw hot spots that are sure to be celebrating full swing are White's Bar (2609 State Street), Steamers (209 N. Hamilton Street), Perry's Schuch Hotel (303 N. Hamilton Street),  The Mixx (115 N. Hamilton Street), Retro Rocks (110 S. Hamilton Street) and Grand Central (3504 State Street).

Also in Saginaw, check out Bennigan's 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Tent Party (3095 Tittabawassee Road) featuring music by By Popular Demand. The event gets underway at 6:00 p.m .with DJ Hitt. By Popular Demand takes the stage at 9:00 p.m. There are drink specials all night. On Saturday, the beer tent will be open again, this time with The Thunder Chickens performing. Age restriction: 21 and up.

Starting at 8:00pm in Bay City, Cornpone and The Bearinger Boys will be sharing the stage at Bemo's (701 S. Madison Avenue). Also, Midland Street is sure to be busy with green-clad drinkers participating in the St. Patrick's Day Midland Street Pub Crawl.


On Friday, March 19, the Delta College Planetarium (100 Center Avenue, Bay City) will be hosting "An Enchanted Emerald Isle" from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The evening will feature a salute to Ireland, with an exploration of Irish stories and culture. The Delta College Flute Choir will be on hand to perform traditional Irish music. Attendees will also experience the cutting edge Delta Digital 360 projection system with a screening of The Enchanted Reef. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Advanced tickets are recommended. For more information, visit the Delta College Planetarium website.

Taking place on Sunday, March 21, is the Bay Area Runner's Club 37th Annual Al Kayner St. Patrick's Day Race. Events will kick off the day before the big run with a Fitness Expo taking place from 10 am to 3 pm at the Bay County Community Center (800 John F. Kennedy Drive, Bay City). Also, during the expo at 2pm, there will be a Leprechaun run for children. The 5 and 8k runs will start at 11:45 am on Sunday, with the 5k walk starting shortly thereafter. For more information, visit the Bay Area Runner's Club website.

Also on Sunday is the is 56th Bay City St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade starts at 2 pm. For more information, visit the Official Site of the Bay City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Immediately following the Bay City St. Patrick's Day Parade, the bars are sure to fill up once again. Check out live music by The Triple Aces at Bemo's.

If we missed something, let us know in the comments below. 360 Main Street wishes everyone a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day!