The 2019 Butte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal will be Marlene Harrington Dick. The parade will take place at 12:30 pm in Uptown Butte. The route begins at the corner of Granite and Arizona streets and heads West on Granite to Montana street, South on Montana to Park Street, and then East on Park back to Arizona street where the parade will disassemble.
Below is the full statement from the family of Marlene Harrington Dick about her selection as Grand Marshal:
”Participating in the parade will be nothing new to Marlene as she has been in the parade for the past 30+ years. Marlene was one of the founding members of the local Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and has carried the banner for that organization in the parade for 30 years, insisting a few years ago that the ladies were no longer relegated to marching behind the men, but instead marched alongside them. Marlene inherited her feisty Irish spirt from her Irish immigrant grandparents. Marlene retired as undefeated world champion leg wrestler a few years back.
Marlene has been active in St. John’s Parish longer than the church building itself. She has more than 70 years in that parish. She is active in our community as her volunteer work is tireless. She is active with the Jolly girls, Red Hats, the Democratic Party, Scholarship Committee for St. James & Kevin Shannon, a Camp Fire Girls leader, collecting donations for March of Dimes, the Heart and Lung associations, keeping her family club organization going, she never missed a class reunion and attends all of their monthly lunch planning sessions. She was active in Butte Celebrations for decades. Also spending years involved in the PTA and teaching CCD. She is still a volunteer at the surgical desk for Saint James Healthcare and is part of the auxiliary organization making blankets for traumatized children through the Community Health center.
Marlene graduated from Butte high school in 1951 and after having 8 children she graduated form Montana Tech with honors in 1980, the same day her 3rd grand child was born. She and her husband, Arthur Dick had 8 children, 16 grandchildren and more than 30 great grandchildren. Her sons make up the largest number of siblings in the Butte High Silver B's. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren account for more than 100 varsity letters in Butte.
She made the pilgrimage to Ireland with her husband and daughter a few ago. Her husband of 58 years, Arthur Dick, was unsure of his heritage but enjoyed teasing her that he was sure he was English. With a few minutes of landing and meeting Paddy O'Shea he was sure he was Irish. They ended up forgoing a pre-planned room instead staying with newly found relatives for the night. They cherished their trip and reconnecting with the homeland.
Marlene has knitted Irish sweaters for more folks than one can count, during the parade you will see dozens of pairs of gloves she has knitted for anyone who asks, not to mention hats, afghans, even making wedding cakes!
The above list of her dedication to our community is far from all inclusive.”
During St. Patrick’s day weekend, BSB Parks and Recreation along with the Public Works Road Department will close the streets around uptown Butte Saturday March 16th at 3 pm until 8 am Monday March 18th. Main street will be closed from Granite to Broadway, keeping the crowd contained outside of Maloney’s but will allow Granite and Broadway to remain open. The second section of Main will be closed from Broadway to Galena. Park street will be closed east of the entrance of the parking garage to Wyoming Street. The barricades at Granite and Galena will have jersey rail behind them. All other barricades will he held down with sand bags. Emergency vehicles will have access into the closed area. Barricades will be placed at 1 pm on Saturday March 16th. Anyone parked in the no access vehicle will get a note asking to remove their vehicle by 5 pm Saturday March 16th.
Reasons for the street closure
1. Anticipated large crowd because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend
2. Safety – we will not have traffic where the largest crowds gather – the only vehicles allowed in the perimeter should only be emergency vehicles
3. Clean up - with no cars parked on the street, street sweepers and garbage trucks will have total access to the closed area
4. All public parking lots including the parking garage will be open except the approved closure of the parking lot at Main and Broadway
We will be proactive by sending out notices to all businesses, put information on the BSB website and contact the Montana Standard and other news media outlets about the closures.
J.P. Gallagher, Director
Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation
1340 Harrison Avenue
Butte, Mt. 59701