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Trust the luck o' the Irish on St. Paddy's Night

John Benson • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Want to go?

• WHAT: St. Paddy’s Night

• WHEN: 5:30-10:30 p.m. March 19

• WHERE: St. Mary’s Parish, 615 Vine St., Clyde

• COST: $10/admission (ages 21 and up only)

• INFO: 419-547-9687

If you believe St. Patrick’s Day fun should last more than 24 hours, St. Mary’s Parish agrees, which is why the parish is holding its annual St. Paddy’s Night March 19 in Clyde.

“We have it every year and it’s a major combined school and parish event,” said St. Mary’s School Secretary and St. Paddy’s Night Chairperson Kay Dick. “All the proceeds go to both. It’s been going on since 1991. It was started as a fundraiser by former pastor Monsignor Ed Dunn as a way to pay our bills. Over the years it’s just grown into a humongous event. It’s a lot of fun and people come from all over, including Sandusky, Norwalk, Fremont, Tiffin and Gibsonburg.”

In looking over the evening’s festivities, it’s hard to distinguish the main appeal. That is, if St. Patrick’s Day means drinking a few, the $10 admission gets you five drink tickets for beer, green margaritas and pop. If food is your priority, you came to the right place with Irish stew, Reubens, a salad bar, noodle soup and French Onion soup. Then there’s the gambling aspect.

“There are 50/50 tickets sold during the evening for $1,” Dick said. “We’ll have the big wheel, which gives you a chance to select a prize from the stage area. Then the Big Shamrock Spin is the last event of the night and for $10 has prizes valued at $100 or more. This year we have a signed photo of Cleveland Cavs player Anderson Varejão and Pittsburgh Steeler player Hines Ward, as well as one year of free residential garbage pickup in the city of Clyde. Also, the Knights of Columbus sponsor a poker room that is pretty popular.”

With so many aspects to St. Paddy’s Night, Dick said the annual affair acts as a cure for the wintertime blues.

“Last year we had 500 people and that’s a big year,” Dick said. “Usually we average between 400 and 500. You must be 21 years old to enter.”

Finally, one of the funnier aspects to the St. Paddy’s Night affair involves the costume contest, where apparently anything goes.

“You can come in costume and we give a trophy to the best costume,” Dick said. “That’s a lot of fun and draws a lot of people dressed as leprechauns. Usually the guys come with green hair and dressed all in green with the pointed shoes and stupid-looking hats and sunglasses. People are just creative. Whatever they think will make people vote for them, that’s what they wear. Really anything goes as long as it’s respectable.”

She added, “For $10, they can have a lot of fun and good food and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.”

St. Paddy’s Night takes place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 19 at St. Mary’s Parish, 615 Vine Street, Clyde. Admission is $10. 21 and over only. For details, call 419-547-9687.

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