GREAT FALLS — On Thursday, March 17, 2022, Great Falls hosted a St. Patrick's Day parade - and Central Avenue was lined with hundreds of people celebrating all things Irish.
This was the first St. Patrick's Day parade in Great Falls since 2019; the 2020 and 2021 parades were canceled due to Covid.
The annual event was organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Great Falls Division 1; click here to visit the Facebook page.
Montana and Irish-American history are closely woven together, with the state seeing a large influx of Irish immigrants during the last four decades of the 19th century.
"We know that a lot of the Irish that came to Montana came from the Western Seaboard of Ireland, and we know that for the most part were Irish speakers, so they were post-famine immigrants that left Ireland, so when they came here to Montana, they came steeped into Irish Tradition," said Ciara Ryan with the Montana History Foundation.
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