The Great Falls Division of Ancient Order of Hibernians, along with Downtown Great Falls Association, announced on Monday that James "Mike" Walsh will be the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Great Falls St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in downtown Great Falls.
For more information or to obtain an entry form for the parade, call: Schulte’s Convenience Store- 453-3450; Boland Agency- 453-0371 or Downtown Great Falls Association 453-6151.
A press release from the DGFA says Walsh is a graduate of Great Falls Central Catholic High School and former standout athlete who played on a state championship football team in the early 1960’s. He went on to coach athletics in the Parochial school leagues in the late 1960’s. He also coached little league softball for 13 years and Heisey League basketball for 11 years.
Walsh and his wife Joan are long time boosters of all three Great Falls High Schools and Mrs. Walsh is a former long time employee of C.M. Russell High School, having just recently retired. They have 5 children, 9 grandchildren- soon to be 10.
Other events planned for the week of St. Patrick’s day by the Hibernians are the annual fund raising breakfasts for the three parochial schools of Great Falls: Holy Spirit and Our Lady of Lourdes grade schools, and Great Falls Central Catholic High School. Those breakfasts will be held on Wednesday March 14, Thursday March 15, and Friday March 16.
The Montana Shamrocker’s, an Irish Pub Band from Polson, and an annual visitor to Great Falls, kicks off the weekend with a two-hour show at the City Bar on the 700 block of Central Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m on Friday, March 16. They will be singing their way up Central Avenue in the parade the following day, to be dropped off again at City Bar for another hour of raucous entertaining. After a break of several hours they will play that evening at the Celtic Cowboy.
The press release also states: AND ATTENTION ALL THOSE BORN ON OR MARRIED ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Celebrate your special day by marching as a group in the parade, we have a place reserved just for you.