St. Patrick's Day in 2016 is on on March 17th and if you've never experienced the holiday in Butte, Montana - this is what it looks like.

It's not for the faint of heart and yes, there is a LOT of partying. Butte hails itself as "Ireland's Fifth Province".

Of course, the most obvious expression of Butte's Irishness is the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Each March 17, about 30,000 revelers converge on Butte's historic Uptown District to enjoy the parade led by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and celebrate in bars such as Maloney's, the Silver Dollar Saloon, the M&M Cigar Store, and The Irish Times Pub where Thomas Wilde has created a love poem to Erin, complete with booths made from church pews imported from Dublin.

A stone at the main door imported from County Clare allows visitors to literally touch Irish soil (or stone to be exact) as they enter the pub.


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