Helena’s 99th annual Vigilante Parade is Friday

The 99th Annual Vigilante Parade is Friday, with more than 90 floats in the works for the nearly century-old community tradition, up from about 50 last year.

Brett Zanto, Capital High School principal and parade organizer, said there’s a lot of enthusiasm for this year’s parade.

“Float entries are way up and we’re looking forward to quite a show,” he said in a news release.

The parade will begin at noon at 11th Avenue and Last Chance Gulch. Floats will proceed through downtown along Last Chance Gulch to Broadway; northeast on Broadway to Park Avenue; and north on Park Avenue to the parade’s end point at Gilbert and Benton avenues.

People should plan for downtown access and parking restrictions along the parade route. Floats will begin staging at 10:30 a.m. on Helena Avenue northeast of the intersection with Neill Avenue.

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 A float goes through downtown Helena in 2022.

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The Vigilante Parade was started in May 1924 by Helena High Principal Albert J. Roberts, who wanted a safe alternative

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