No meat on St. Patrick's Day? It depends where you live.
FLINT, Mich. —
Flint St. Patrick's Day 10p
At Blackstones Pub and Grill in downtown Flint, St. Patrick's Day has made for a full house.
Table after table after table celebrating St. Patrick's Day and in some cases enjoying adult beverages.
It's a day to dress up and have fun.
"Right before the Michigan game we'll probably peak, or fill up and I would imagine we'll be full until 1 or 2 a.m.," said Blackstones manager Spencer Ruegsegger.
This normally happy occasion comes with a bit of controversy this year: eating meat on St. Patrick's Day.
Christians, as well as Catholics traditionally are not able to eat meat on Fridays during Lent, but it just wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without corned beef or Shepherd's pie.
To answer the question or whether or not people could eat meat today, NBC25/FOX66's Joel Feick went right to the top.
We talked with the Bishop of Diocese of Lansing, which includes Genesee County, who said that it all depended on where people lived.
The archbishop of Detroit, has given a dispensation.
The Saginaw, Kalamazoo and Gaylord Catholic dioceses did also.
But Bishop Earl Boyea of the Lansing diocese didn't give his diocese a free pass today.
"They're all wimps. St. Patrick would not have eaten meat today," said Bishop Boyea.
Bishop Boyea also had a message for those who might notice some inconsistency among the other dioceses.
"They're wrong and I'm right," he said.
The faithful flooded into St. Michael's in downtown Flint for the traditional St. Patrick's Day mass.
Some walked in a short parade downtown.
Grand Marshal Patrick Fergerson says "Well in Ireland it's a holy day, when we're solemn. The Americanized version is to drink green beer.
At St. Matthew's there were bagpipes, and more partiers, but no meat.
Corned beef and cabbage was replaced by mostaccioli.
They did have shamrock shaped cole slaw.
So it wasn't all bad.