For the second year in a row, the Butte America Foundation will be hosting 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 a.m. 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.
Naturally, Butte’s main event for the festivities is its annual parade. This year's grand marshal is Enda Bowman, who turns 99 today.
Also, Anaconda has its own unique parade. Melrose is planning a corned beef and cabbage luncheon, and in Deer Lodge, the Cutler Brother’s annual Irish-themed “Comedy Night” is planned.
In fact, there are several unique and fun events on tap, all to honor the Irish. They are listed below:
History of hurling shared — The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives at 17 W. Quartz will host a bonus Brown Bag Lunch at noon Friday, March 16, with a presentation by members of the Irish Hurling Team from the University of Montana. In “A History of Hurling and its Resurrection in Present Day Montana,” Myles Maloney and Jema Rushe will take you from the earliest origins of hurling in Irish folklore, through the establishment of the Gaelic Athletic Association, and culminating in the very recent growth and success in western Montana. The hurling team from UM are three-time national collegiate champions and will play a match following Butte’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Details: 406-782-3280.
‘Comedy Night’ has an Irish theme — Cutler Brother’s St. Patrick’s Day “Comedy Night” will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Cutler Bros. Theatre in Deer Lodge. This marks the 38th “Comedy Night” in the brothers’ history. The evening will include sketches based off of the holiday themes, including the infamous “Comedy Night” news, “The Ugly Couple’s Club” where the actors switch sexes, a demented leprechaun living in the cellar of a home, and many more. Tickets are $10 general admission and $15 for the front row. Tickets may be reserved at the theatre box office, 406-846-4096. Visit cutlerbros.com or call the box office for questions, directions, or for more details.
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.
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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, with potluck-style food (show off your best dish). Master of ceremonies is Amanda Curtis. The evening also includes speakers and music (including the Edmonton bagpipers and musician Chad Ball), a silent auction, and 50/50 tickets. Suggested entry donation is $10.
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.
Mass at St. Peter’s Church — Anaconda's St. Patrick's Day celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, when members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will gather at the hall, then march to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 217 W. Pennsylvania Ave., for Mass at 9 a.m. They return to the hall for breakfast after the Mass.
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, and will begin at the AOH Hall, 321 E. Commercial. Grand marshals are Larry Lakel and Ellen Gallagher.
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.
For Kids Only — The Butte YMCA, 2975 Washoe St., will host the T.A.S.C. (Teens Advocating a Safe Community) St. Patrick's Day party from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for kids in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The event is free for all Active Teens in those grades. There will be live music, dodgeball and more. Snacks will be provided. Details: 406-782-1266.
Lunch and bunco on the menu — The Melrose School will host their second annual St. Patrick’s corned beef luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at 377 Hecla St., Melrose. The cost is $5. Following the luncheon, a game of Bunco, a social dice game, will be played. The cost is $10. Proceeds go towards repairs to the school’s auditorium.
Annual event at Butte Civic Center — Dublin Gulch 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 begins 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 $6 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.