Butte’s main event for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities is, of course, the annual parade.
The Butte America Foundation will again host Butte's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which begins at noon Saturday, March 17, in Historic Uptown Butte.
Parade assembly begins at 10 a.m. at the Lexington Gardens (off Arizona on East Granite) and will be staged east on Granite, south on Covert and east on Broadway. All entries must be in place by 11:15 am. The parade route begins at the corner of Arizona and Granite, proceeding west on Granite to Montana, south on Montana to Park St., east on Park St. to Arizona where disassembly can begin.
Below are other Butte and Anaconda events that will take place in the days leading up to March 17.
Annual AOH race set — The Anaconda AOH St. Patrick’s race is planned for Saturday, March 10. Entry fee is $25 or $30 the day of the race. The annual event includes a 3-mile race and a 6-mile race. Walkers are welcome to join in the 3-mile event. Preregistered packet and T-shirt pickup is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the AOH Hall, or on race day at the Anaconda Elks Lodge. On the day of the race, participants will meet by 10:30 a.m. at the Locker Room, 117 E. Park St., Anaconda. Race runs regardless of weather conditions. For details, race application and online registration, visit www.anacondaaoh.com. In addition, donations of non-perishable food items are encouraged, and will be given to the Anaconda Food Bank.
Traditional ceilidh — The Anaconda AOH will be hosting a ceilidh, a traditional Irish gathering, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the AOH Hall, 321. E. Commercial. The AOH pipers will entertain. There will be Irish dancing and music, followed by a corned beef and cabbage dinner. The cost is $10 a plate.
St. Patrick’s Day brunch March 11 — St. Patrick’s Day events begin with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Brunch, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Front Street Station, 800 E. Front St. Sponsored by Butte Catholic Community North, the menu includes corned beef and cabbage. The cost is $20 a plate. In addition, there will be entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are available at the parish office, 102 S. Washington St. Details: 406-723-5407.
The Duggan Dolan/Pat Kearney Blarney Stone Fun Run — It will be held on Sunday, March 11, at the Knights of Columbus. Registration begins at noon. The fun run consists of three categories: Kids’ race (ages 3-13 beginning at 2 p.m.), Adult 3-mile run (ages 14-60 beginning at 2:30 p.m.) and walkers (ages 14-60 beginning at 2:30 p.m.). Cost is $5 per person, $15 for a family of five and $1 for each additional person.
The 110th annual Friendly Sons and Daughters of St. Patrick banquet and gathering — The event will be Friday, March 16, at the Front Street Station. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7. The banquet is the longest consecutive event celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. The Friendly Sons and Daughters was founded in 1908 by Judge Jeremiah Lynch, Maurice English, and John H. O’Meara. Master of ceremonies is Frankie O’Connor, and guest speaker is Bill Joyce. Tickets are $25 and are available at Cavanaugh’s County Celtic, or contact Brendan McDonough at 406-498-3983, or Lori Maloney at 406-723-7771.
East Side celebrates St. Urho’s Day — At the East Side Athletic Club, 3200 Dexter, Butte’s Finlanders will host a traditional celebration beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, March 16. The crowning of Princess Urho will take place at 6 p.m. In addition, there will be bagpipers and FOG dance band.
The annual Shillelagh Shindig — A benefit for the Butte-Silver Bow Democrats, the party is Friday, March 16, at Imagine Butte, 68 W. Park St. Doors open at 6. The evening includes speakers and music, including bagpipers.
Mass at St. Patrick’s Church — To honor St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, a special Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at St. Patrick’s Church, 329. W. Mercury St. Traditional Irish music will be played and there will be a Hibernian procession.
Parade in Anaconda — The Smelter City will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The annual event includes the Anaconda AOH Pipes & Drums.
Hurling teams battle it out at Tech — Come be a part of history this St. Patrick’s Day as traditional Irish sport returns to Butte for the first time in over a century. Immediately following Butte’s annual March 17 parade, the Irish hurling team from the University of Montana, three-time national collegiate champions, will take on Missoula’s Thomas Meagher Hurling Club in an epic battle of Gaelic courage and pride. Take a short walk to Montana Tech's Alumni Coliseum, where you’ll see Ireland’s national sport and obsession — often called “the fastest game on grass” — played by some of the finest Irish and American players around. This family-friendly, alcohol and tobacco free event should prove a perfect addition to a day of celebrating Irish heritage. Spectators will be invited onto the field to meet the players, discuss the game, and try their hand at wielding the “hurley,” the wooden club used in the game. Tickets are $5; children get in free.
Annual family-friendly event — Dublin Gulch, Edmonton Pipe Band, and the Tiernan Irish Dancers will help to celebrate the 15th annual Handing Down the Heritage show Saturday, March 17, at the Butte Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave. The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is a great multi-generational St. Patrick's Day celebration the way Butte used to celebrate with food, beverage, music and dance. Admission fees are $14 for adults and $5 for students with children 13 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at Cavanaugh's County Celtic, the Civic Center and Tiernan Irish Dance families.