March 17 marks St. Patrick’s Day, a day to celebrate Irish culture and commemorate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The day has been observed as a holiday by the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church since the 17 century and is typically celebrated with parades and festivals, céilithe or Irish traditional music sessions, and by wearing shamrocks and the color green.
However, this year, like with most holidays, celebrations will look a little different. That doesn’t mean locals and visitors won’t enjoy the day in Flint & Genesee with some longstanding traditions still taking place.
Check out these events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Flint & Genesee:
41st Annual Pot O’Gold 4 Mile Walk/Run
The annual road race held by the Flint Chapter of the American Ancient Order of Hibernians is set to be virtual this year. The event will be held from March 17 – 31 and participants can get their four miles in anywhere they are. For more information on the event, visit the event page on Complete Runner.
Catholic Charities St. Patrick Day Boxed Lunches
A yearly tradition, for $8 you can get a delicious corned beef and swiss sandwich on rye served with chips, coleslaw, a pickle and a treat. Proceeds from help fund Catholic Charities programs including three soups kitchens, the Sack Lunch program and the warming center. Pick-up is on March 17 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more details, visit Catholic Charities website.
St. Patrick’s Day Patio Party
Market Tap at the Flint Farmers’ Market is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration from 12 – 8 p.m. on March 17. Join the rooftop bar for Irish food, drinks and live music. The Redwood Pattywagon Food Truck will be serving food and local artists Jason Waggoner and Issac Ryder will be providing music throughout the day. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
St. Patrick’s Day Craft Show
The Davison Farmers Market is hosting a Saint Patrick’s Day Craft Show on Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Craft vendors will be selling handmade goods in addition to the market vendors. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.