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Anaconda AOH Drum and Pipe Band

For the last 30 years the Anaconda AOH Pipe and Drum Band has marched in the Butte and Anaconda St. Patrick's Day Parades.

St. Patrick's Day is almost here, and there is a lot to see and do. Here is a roundup of this weekend's events, plus some fun Irish and Butte knowledge to get you in the spirit.

Watch it live: The St. Patrick’s Day live webcam is streaming on mtstandard.com again this year. It will be live from the Party Palace in Uptown Butte through Sunday morning. No matter where you are in the world, you can view the festivities at mtstandard.com/stpats.

Don't drink and drive: We've got you. A bus will be running throughout Uptown starting Friday at 5 p.m. (The streets will be closed anyway.) Here are the stops, and times it will be available.

The heat is on: About 26 law enforcement officers will hit the streets this weekend, and they will be joined by reinforcements from the Montana Highway Patrol. “People are used to us,” Undersheriff George Skuletich said. “What we have been doing over the past several years has been working pretty well.”

All the happenings: Butte’s main event for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities is naturally the annual parade. But there is plenty going on. Here are other Butte and Anaconda events that will take place in the days leading up to March 17.

Speaking of the parade: This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which starts at noon in Uptown Butte, includes 57 entries. Floats, horses, politicians, and decorated vehicles will be included in the annual Irish event. Here is the route:

St. Patrick's Day parade route
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Grand marshal: The secret to a long life for 99-year-old Enda Bowman may be her black Irish sense of humor. When Matt Boyle, Butte America Foundation parade director, called Bowman early last week to tell her the foundation chose her to lead Butte’s famous St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, Bowman told him she’d try to live long enough to get there.

Enda Bowman

Enda Bowman in 2018.

Two grand marshals: Meanwhile, Anaconda will have two grand marshals — Ellen Gallagher as well as Larry Lakel — in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday.

Keep your pets at home: The Butte-Silver Bow Animal Services Department would like to remind pet owners to please leave their pets safe at home during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other celebratory events over the weekend. Large crowds and loud noises can frighten pets and people celebrating may not use proper precautions when interacting with pets. Any questions or concerns about an animal, please contact Animal Services at 406-497-6525.

Butte Irish facts: On St. Patrick’s Day, we not only celebrate our heritage, we salute that Butte Irish tenacity. It has become integral part of our genetic makeup. Here are some facts about some of those early-day Irish immigrants who helped to shape our town.

Butte Melting Pot Irish

The largest group of immigrants came to Butte from Ireland. This photograph of St. Mary’s School students was taken around 1920. Sitting in the middle was Father Michael Hannan, who reigned over the Irish neighborhoods of Corktown, Muckerville and Dublin Gulch.

About St. Patrick: St. Patrick is a much-loved enigma. He remains very poorly known in spite of the exponential growth of his fame based on later legends and the now nearly global celebration of his Feast Day. In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day here is a quick look at what constitutes his authentic greatness.

From the archives: Finally, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we dug into the Montana Standard archives for these stories about the Irish in Butte. We hope you enjoy.

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