SUNDAY, MARCH 17
The Butte America Foundation will again host Butte's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which begins at 12:30 p.m. 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 noon. The parade route begins at the corner of Arizona and Granite, proceeding west to Montana, south to Park, and east to Arizona, where disassembly can begin.
FOR TEENS ONLY
YMCA and TASC will once again host a St. Patrick's Day Free Teen Party from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for grades 6 through 12 at the YMCA. Events include dodgeball, water volleyball, music, swimming, snacks, refreshments, and pizza for kids and many other activities planned. Call 406-782-1266 for more details.
Dublin Gulch and the Tiernan Irish Dancers will help to celebrate the annual Handing Down the Heritage show at the Butte Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave. The event, which is from 5:30 to 10 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.
MASS AT ST. PAT’S
To honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, a special mass will be held at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 329. W. Mercury St. Traditional Irish music will be played, and there will be a Hibernian procession, Irish music dedicated to St. Patrick and Our Lady of Knock, and an Irish-themed homily. Readers and ministers will be members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies AOH.
The Montana Old Time Fiddlers will bring their first jam of the year to the Mint Bar at 1 E. Legion in Whitehall from 2 to 6 p.m. Because it is St. Patrick’s Day weekend, there’s sure to be a few Irish tunes. The program is free and open to the public, lunch will be available, and dancing is encouraged. Guitar, mandolin, and banjo players are welcome to participate in the jam -- and anyone can just come to hear some great old-time fiddle music.