Butte prepares for big St. Patrick's Day celebration


BUTTE, Mont. - Butte is home to one of the nation's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration and the city is busy preparing for Friday's festivities.

Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement officials said St. Patrick's Day will draw a larger crowd this year because it lands on a Friday. 2006 was the last time St. Patrick's Day was on a Friday.

This year will feature a new parade director after the group Butte Community Celebrations disbanded late last year.

Some residents we talked to said they were worried there wouldn't be a parade.

NBC Montana got a chance to speak to the new parade director about what he expects for Friday's festivities.

"We have a couple of our usual bands like the Edmonton Police Service Pipe and Drum Band," said Parade Director Matt Boyle. "This year we also have a group from San Francisco that's celebrating its 100 year anniversary."

Boyle says a music stage will be setup on Park Street after the parade along with art vendors.

The parade starts at noon in uptown Butte. NBC Montana will be in the parade.

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