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St. Patrick's Day parade and other events canceled due to coronavirus

Posted at 9:18 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 11:21:15-04

GREAT FALLS — As concerns continue to grow about the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 across the country, many organizations are canceling or postponing scheduled events.

Some of the events are at the national level, such as the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament and several professional sporting leagues, but the concerns are also hitting here in Great Falls and across Montana.

On Friday evening, organizers of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Great Falls announced that they have decided to cancel the parade. The parade had been scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th. Also on Friday, the organizers of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Butte announced that it, too, has been canceled.

Here is a partial list of events in Great Falls that have either been postponed or canceled:

  • "No More Violence Week" events have been postponed.
  • State FFA Convention scheduled in Great Falls for March 25-28 has been postponed.
  • Volleyball tournament at Great Falls High School on Sunday has been canceled.
  • Kids' FUN Forum scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, has been canceled.
  • State AAUW wrestling tournament scheduled for this weekend canceled.
  • Great Falls Community Concert: The Sons Of The Pioneers on Wednesday, March 18th, has been canceled.
  • CMR Museum's annual Russell Exhibition & Sale from March 19-21 has been postponed; all other Western Art Week events are - at this point - still a go.
  • The annual "The Fire Within" ceremony/banquet scheduled for Thursday, March 26, has been postponed.
  • Mighty Kids Expo has been postponed.
  • Several GFPS activities have been affected - see below.

The list above is far from complete; if you have a scheduled event coming up in the next few weeks, you should get in touch with the event organizer to find out if it has been affected. We will post an updated article as we receive word of more canceled/postponed events.