The annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Great Falls will be held on Friday.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is sponsoring the annual event.
The parade is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. and will run along Central Avenue in downtown Great Falls.
As far as Mother Nature - the forecast for Friday afternoon calls for temperatures in the mid-50s and partly sunny skies.
NOTE: We spoke with the vice-president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, who clarified that the 3 p.m. start time on the AOH website refers to when the downtown parade route will be blocked off. The parade is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Great Falls often takes pride in the parade and the Irish roots of many residents, but few communities in America celebrate the way that Butte does.
In preparation for a potentially rowdy St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Mining City, police police plan to step up their patrols and even make some more room behind bars.
Police will try to move some of its inmates to other area detention centers, and also release some inmates serving time for minor offenses early, prior to the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Friday. That will help clear some space to make more room in the jail.
The Great Falls Police Department will conduct a virtual "ride-along" on Friday, March 17th, via Twitter. The GFPD is calling it "Shamrocks and Shenanigans."
The GFPD says that all community members are invited to join volunteer coordinator Adrienne Ehrke for its annual St. Patrick's Day virtual ride-along.
The GFPD says: "Followers get a special look at what this, sometimes crazy, holiday looks like, and what shenanigans may occur, from the inside of a patrol car. The event takes place from 3pm to midnight this Friday (3/17/17) on the department's Twitter feed at @GFPD_MT."
Ehrke will keep followers updated about what is happening around town and the "shenanigans" that community members may be getting in to.
The event kicks off with Ehrke riding with Senior Police Officer Adam Hunt as they lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
After the parade she will jump in a patrol car and start running call to call with the afternoon patrol team.
Followers are encouraged to ask questions and interact with Ehrke and the officers.
They plan to share information, photos and videos (when appropriate) about calls they are responding to and interesting stuff they see or hear.
They will maintain the confidences of victims, suspects and witnesses when responding to a crime or medical emergency, and they will not share names, locations, or incident details.