The greatest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States is getting set to begin here in Butte.

The keystone of the party is the Butte St. Patrick’s Day parade hosted by the Butte America Foundation. The parade will start at noon on Friday in historic uptown Butte.

The parade route begins at the corner of Arizona and Granite, it will travel west on Granite to Montana Street, it will turn south on Montana street to Park Street, turn east on Park Street, and finish at Arizona street.

Parade route for the 2023 St. Patrick's Day parade
Parade route for the 2023 St. Patrick's Day parade

Parade entries must assemble at Lexington Gardens by 11:30 am.

The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Jim McCarthy. Jim is Butte through and through. Born and raised in Butte, Jim worked for Butte-Silver Bow for 35 years and has been a constant and loyal volunteer for everything Butte. You can learn more about your Grand Marshall in this interview from the ButteCast with Bill Foley.

Several streets in uptown Butte will also be closed in preparation for the celebration. On Thursday afternoon Main Street from Granite to Broadway will be closed, this closure is just for Main Street. Broadway and Granite streets will remain open. Main Street from Broadway to Galena, and Park Street from Montana to Wyoming will also be closed. There will still be access to the parking garage via Dakota Street.

Uptown road closes Thursday afternoon- Saturday morning
Uptown road closes Thursday afternoon- Saturday morning

There will be another added element of celebration this year, with the return of the Pipe and Drum Band of the Edmonton Police Service. They are back in town (15th-17th) after missing the last several years due to the pandemic.

There are events throughout Butte over the next several days, we will make sure to give you a calendar of events to keep you busy from now until Saturday.

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