Green beer. Green hair. Green clothes. Saint Patty’s Day 2022

It was one of the best times I’ve had in Montana in a long time. Spirit and pride are hard to put into words. Families coming together to show their “Irish Pride” was something everyone should witness. Also, I just want to note… holy molybdenum for red heads. If I had to count, it would be in the thousands.

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Not only did I meet some of the most wonderful people, but I also got to make some new best friends. They were my “candy catchers” and they proved their skills to be way above most as each parade float passed.

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When my colleague wrote an article on “How Irish Is Montana”, I knew I had to check out the famous Butte St. Patty parade. It was more than I could have expected, and I totally agree that Butte deserves to be the second most Irish town in the United States.

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Not only did I get to experience the true meaning of a St. Patrick’s Day parade, but I was able to indulge in a delicious blarney stone dessert as well as the traditional beef with corn and cabbage. By far the best corned beef I’ve ever had, cooked by the MOST amazing hosts.

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Police cars, motorcycles, tanks and of course horses, the Butte Parade was one I will return to. If you missed the party, I feel bad for you. There’s always next year.

The sun was shining, the bagpipes were whistling… and everyone was smiling. I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my St. Patrick’s Day.

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The Montana Vacation Truck Village is of course putting on quite a show

It’s the season for holidays, lights and holiday spirit. I traveled to Belgrade last Friday to experience the Truck Village holiday spirit and it was quite a sight.

The event started at 5:30am and we got there just as it opened which was perfect for parking and grabbing a bite to eat. You can check out some of the awesome trucks that were there. From tractor trailers to garbage trucks, and everything in between, the event was super cool.

Not only were there plenty of bright, lighted trucks to see, but there was food, a few vendors, and animals to check out. A few super cute puppies almost came home with me, but I was told no, which is probably a good thing.

We walked through the lights, row by row, listening to the kids talk about how amazing it was and they were absolutely right. The work these truck owners put into this event is amazing.

Some trucks were completely covered in lights from end to end, blasting Santa Claus and elves and lighting up American flags. The Truck Village was a night to brag and show off the holiday spirit, and these folks did an amazing job.

It was incredibly nice to see all the families with their little ones enjoying the great weather and a night that ended with fireworks. Next year will be just as great if not better, and I can’t wait.

Elizabeth J. Harless