In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Friends of Irish Studies will host a celebration that includes a parade, free carousel rides for children and an evening of dining and dancing with all proceeds benefitting The University of Montana Irish Studies program.
The festivities kick off with the 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade which will depart at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the three X’s on Higgins Ave. The 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will depart from there. Entry forms for the parade are available at the Missoula Chamber of Commerce. The event is sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a Catholic Irish-American fraternal organization dedicated to preserving Irish culture. After the parade, kids can enjoy free rides on A Carousel for Missoula from 2 to 4 p.m.
The day tops off with an evening celebration from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Parkside. In addition to dinner, silent and live auctions are planned. Guests will have a chance to meet with visitors from Ireland and dance to the music of Malarkey and the Missoula Irish Dancers.
Dinner tickets cost $25. They will be available at the door or can be purchased by calling 406-370-6780.
For more information, call Patrick Toomey at 406-240-0418 or Traolach O’Riordain at 406-544-0311.