Each year Quebec City’s Irish community organizes our own Saint Patrick’s Day parade. Each year the parade grows in popularity, in participation and inspires everyone to join in on the celebration. Because of the Red Bull Crashed Ice, this local event takes place on the 23rd of March instead of the 17th. The route starts this Saturday at 1:30 at Saint Patrick’s High School, and finishes at the City Hall in the heart of Old Québec. This is a great activity for the entire family! Little kids and big alike will enjoy the bag pipes, traditional Irish wear, marching bands and celtic dansers amongst the antique cars and fun floats.
The parade’s organising committee has appointed Mr. Donovan as Grand Marshall of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec 2013. This is in recognition of his dedicated contributions to the preservation of Irish heritage in Quebec City.
You can just walk down the street from the hotel to Rue Saint Jean to see the marching bands. After the parade, for the mature crowd, (over 18), I recommend stopping at Pub Saint Alexander’s. Irish folk music from the Duo Irish and East Road promise a delightful evening. First show is from 4 to 7, and East Road begins playing at 10p.m. Although the official day was the 17th, plan on wearing a little green…..hey, two weekends of celebration in a row…..can’t beat that!