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St. Patrick’s Day in Québec City

Credit: Allison Kirkwood

With its rich Irish heritage and many festivities that will take place on March 17 and from March 21 to 24, Québec City is the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The Perfect Place to Party

In Québec City, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t celebrated once, but twice! On March 16 and 17, the Saint-Patrick, Nelligan's, Murphy's, Claddagh, and Galway pubs welcome revellers with special food and drink, entertainment, and Irish or traditional music.

From March 21 to 24, the festivities continue with many special activities that will be happening on Grande Allée, in Old Québec, as well as in Montcalm and Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhoods. On the program: Irish menus and traditional music. On March 23, the day of the parade, the street will be bustling with animated terraces, green decorations, green beer as well as makeup and balloons for kids.

A Festive St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Québec City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade gathers over 1,000 participants annually, with many thousands more coming to watch and celebrate. Since the parade in other cities are before the one in Québec City, the New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia Police as well as Toronto Firemen's Pipes & Drums are joining the party. This year, musicians, dancers, and street entertainers will jig their way on Saturday March 23, during a celebratory day that is always fun for the whole family!

The Irish in Québec City

Celtic cross Credit: OTQ Zoom

When the Great Famine hit Ireland in the 1840s, it forced thousands of Irish families to immigrate to Canada. After a difficult crossing, Irish immigrants were sent through the Grosse Île Quarantine Station, where over 5,000 of them died of typhus or cholera. The survivors then came ashore in Québec City. Some settled down in the region, while others moved on to other parts of Québec and, eventually, North America. In Québec City, St. Patrick’s Day is welcomed as a chance to honour that Irish history.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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