Jim McCarthy was selected to serve as the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade marshal, and he doesn’t know why.

Everyone else knows why he was chosen, however. That is because Jim McCarthy represents everything that is good about the Mining City.

If Jim isn’t volunteering somewhere, he is volunteering somewhere else. He retired from Butte-Silver Bow in 2008. For 35 years, he worked in the parks and roads department. Since his retirement, he has been volunteering.

He is retired, but he has to use a day planer to keep track of his busy schedule.

You can find him at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, the Butte History Club, giving walking tours, working ghost tours or giving his time for one of the many causes he has championed.

Jim doesn’t consider himself a “sports guy,” but helped keep the Butte Sports Hall of Fame going after the passing of Pat Kearney in 2014.

Listen in as Jim talks about his career with the county and his many, many volunteer projects. Listen to hear why Jim will not be dressed up fancy for the parade and why he will not be waiving elbow-elbow-wrist-wrist.

Listen to hear Jim describe the greatness of the Mining City, and hear why he was the perfect choice as parade marshal.