Mar 16, 2013 7:49 PM by Brin Merkley - KPAX News
MISSOULA - Although St. Patrick's Day isn't until Sunday, thousands gathered in downtown Missoula on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 33rd annual parade.
The event is known for its colorful floats, wild green costumes, and packed sidewalks, but on Saturday was much more than that for one little girl.
Six-year-old Addie Noult says her grandpa is letting her ride the Knights of Columbus Float.
"It's my first time riding in the parade today and I am super excited to pass out candy," she said.
In anticipation of her first float ride, she says she's been preparing her St. Patty's attire for the last four days.
"I have a green wig on, I have glasses on and I have a Hello Kitty white shirt on," she said.
But she certainly wasn't the only person decked out in emerald.
"Run for the Luck of It" runners Matt Loehrke and Adam Reel participated in a 5k following up to the parade.
While they may not have won the race, they did win the duo costume contest.
"We would pass people, everyone was receptive, having a good time, we were throwing some lucky charms, and candy."
They say St. Patty's day is about having fun. Addie agrees, and says she wouldn't pick any other holiday to experience her first float ride.
"It's a lot funner," Addie said.
Gripping a handful of tootsie rolls, she tossed candy to eager children who lined the length of Higgins Avenue from Broadway to Spruce Street.
The parade began at 11 a.m. and lasted about two hours. This year's street closure change included closing Broadway at Woody Street, something that will also affect the Homecoming Parade this fall.