There were plenty of toes tapping on the second day of Butte’s An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival. Saturday’s event kicked off with teams of dancers from around Montana performing traditional Irish dance on the main stage at the Original Mine Yard.
The smoky air didn’t keep the thousands of people from attending and hearing music from a half-dozen performers at this year’s event.
“Oh, I love it. I love watching the dancers, I love hearing the music. It’s wonderful. I have friends in almost every group and I love watching them, cheering on their kids,” said Butte resident Peggy Probasco.
And if traditional Irish music and traditional Irish dance isn’t enough, how about a French/Irish painter painting a mural just for this event?
“The idea of having my own version of “Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo,” said painter Alexandre Beretta.
Beretta started the mural on the first day of the festival Friday and hopes to finish it by the end of the day Saturday. He is using spray paint and acrylic to create a painting representing the connection of Butte to Ireland.
“I like to create pieces of artwork that fits only into the place I create them. So this is an artwork I’m doing in Butte and it will stay stored in Butte and it will stay in Butte,” Beretta said.