St. Patrick's Day Parade Draws Many - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

St. Patrick's Day Parade Draws Many

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St. Patrick's Day is Monday, but people flooded downtown, decked out in green to get an early start on the festivities.

Some say they're attended to get into the spirit of the holiday, and others like Kathy Prokop say, "Because I'm Irish!"

Billings residents also came out to support their loved ones. Mariah Vickrey's been in the parade before, but this year, she cheered on her dad playing the trombone for the Shriners' float.

"I was trying to say hi, but he just kept doing it and we're like screaming out heads off. I was like Dad! Dad!"

Billings residents weren't the only ones celebrating the Irish tradition. People from out of town stopped by too.

"We live in Bozeman and they don't do a whole lot so we came to Billings for St. Patrick's Day," Prokop said.

Amber Flores came from Sheridan to join in on the annual parade. "I decided that billings would be a better bet for me. Butte's a little rowdy so this'll work."

New this year was Montague's Diamond in a Haystack. People had the opportunity to search for a $10,000 diamond ring buried in the hay.

Proceeds from the parade and street fair went to Downtown Billings Alliance programs, like Spare Change for Real Change.