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Enda Bowman, 99, is grand marshal of Butte's St. Patrick's Day parade

Enda Bowman, 99, is grand marshal of Butte's St. Patrick's Day parade

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Butte resident Enda Bowman, who turns 99 years old Friday, will be the grand marshal of Butte's legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday.

Matt Boyle, Butte America Foundation parade director, said Bowman was chosen out of many “good submissions” because she has been very involved in the Irish community and in the Butte community for a number of years.

It also didn’t hurt her chances any that her 99th birthday falls this Friday, the day before St. Patrick’s Day and Butte’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day antics officially begin.

Butte’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin at noon Saturday. The parade route will begin at East Granite and Arizona Streets, head west on Granite, turn south onto Montana Street then east on Park Street, winding back to Arizona Street. The parade will have 54 floats and is expected to last roughly an hour, Boyle said.

Anaconda has also chosen the Smelter City's grand marshal — Larry Lakel — for Anaconda's St. Patrick's Day parade. Anaconda's parade gets going at 2 p.m. Saturday and is expected to have between 40 and 50 floats, Ancient Order of Hibernians spokesperson Jack Kelly said.

Anaconda’s Ancient Order of Hibernians chose Lakel as Anaconda's grand marshal because he is one of the oldest members of the order and because he has done a lot for Anaconda’s Irish community over the years. Lakel is 76 years old.

Anaconda’s parade starts at Cherry Street and Commercial Avenue. That parade will head west on Commercial, turn south on Locust Street, turn east on Park Avenue and disband at Cedar Street.

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Environmental and natural resources reporter for the Montana Standard.

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