How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Montana
There's something special about St. Patrick's Day in Montana.
Many folks here have some Irish in their blood, but loads more have Irish in their spirit. Whether you want a bagpipe ceremony in front of the remains of the largest copper mine in the country, or you want to run a half marathon in a spandex leprechaun suit, Montana has the St. Paddy's experience for you. Here are a few of our favorites.
1. Butte, Montana
Butte resident Rob Seccomb next to the head frame of Butte's first copper mine. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Butte is as Irish as it gets. Many Montanans will be surprised to learn that Butte, Montana has the highest population of Irish decedents in the country - according to the 2010 Census. When St. Paddy's Day rolls around, the people of Butte (and countless others from all over the country) take to the streets to celebrate their Irish heritage the old fashioned way beginning with the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Click here to view the 2018 schedule of events in Butte.
2. Run to the Pub
When the run finishes at Pub 317, the party begins. (Run to the Pub)
Voted the #2 Best-in-the-U.S half marathon by Runner's World, it's no mistake that Run to the Pub has achieved such an honorable status. Since 2007, Pub 317 has hosted a one-of-a-kind Saint Patrick's Day 10K and half marathon. The event attracts thousands of runners each year and is only getting bigger!
Run, walk, jog, or crawl, because as long as you cross the finish line, your name will be entered to win a trip to Dublin, Ireland to compete in the Dublin Marathon.
3. MAP Brewing Company
Map Brewing Co.
Looking for the pub scene? MAP Brewing will be hosting their own St. Patrick's Day party all day this Saturday, from noon to close. They'll be showcasing 5 special stouts on tap, limited edition t-shirts, live music, and more! Dark beers and stunning views of the Bridger Mountains? Yes please!
To help you enjoy the holiday, this week we're offering you 20% off all bar accessories!
By Zach Altman