SATURDAY, MARCH 19th 2016
The Downtown Billings Association and Hooligans are excited to present the 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celtic Street Fair! Let us continue the tradition by inviting area Irish Heritage Clans to participate in the parade.
We will make it a day to celebrate Irish tradition and flair! Bring your colors and your kilts – and your friends and family – and meet us for a great time in Downtown Billings! All proceeds from the parade and street fair go to Downtown Billings Alliance Programs such as Spare Change for Real Change and the Public Art Program.
Hooligan’s will host an entertainment stage at 1st Avenue North and Broadway featuring live music by the Repeat Offenders all day and into the evening. Hooligan’s will also feature an Irish Beer Garden in the street and have special promotions for the Holiday. The Celtic Fair will include Arts & Crafts and Food vendors occupying Broadway from 3rd Avenue North to 1st Avenue North. There will be a Family stage at 2nd Avenue North and Broadway programmed with parade commentating and live entertainment. The fair will include family activities such as face-painting and balloon making for children.
Parade spectators are warned that it is illegal to park on a parade route one half hour before and through the duration of an officially sanctioned parade – violators are subject to a fine. Also note that the parade will stage on all streets between North 26th street and North 19th between 2nd Avenue North and 4th Avenue North
Once again this year, Pug Mahon’s, Good Earth Market, and the Downtown Billings Alliance will be sponsoring the Little Leprechaun Contest, a program aiming to benefit classrooms in School District 2. Students in the 2nd grade and under can register for the contest and walk in the parade dressed as leprechauns. The groups will be judged on the “cutest” costumes and cash prizes will be given to the top five classrooms represented. All groups of leprechauns must be accompanied by an adult.
Are you in the parade? Parade Float Line-Up and Staging Map
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 11 a.m.
The parade will begin at 11AM at North 26th and 3rd Avenue North and proceeds west on 3rd street turning south on North 32nd street, then turning again onto 2nd Avenue North and proceeding east to the certified end at North 27th street.
Celtic Street Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Street Fair includes many food selections, a wide variety of vendors, and children’s activities, all while entertainment takes place on the stage. The Celtic Fair will be from 10AM – 2PM downtown on North Broadway (28th) between 1stand 2nd Avenues. Join us and our vendors to celebrate the spirit of the Irish!