Go Green for Quebec City’s Défile de la Saint-Patrick

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The seventh Defilé de la Saint-Patrick, Quebec City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will take place on Saturday, March 19, starting at 1:30pm. From St. Patrick’s High School to Porte Saint-Jean, all are invited to come celebrate the continued impact of Irish immigrants on our beautiful city by proudly displaying a touch of green.

This year, the Défilé will be taking a different route, via Grande Allée, Rue Saint-Louis and Rue du Fort, to end on Rue Saint-Jean. This new route means the parade avoids having to cross Avenue Honoré-Mercier, and will improve the flow and limit the number of pauses.

“The St. Patrick's Day Parade has become a key event in Quebec City and it is with renewed pleasure that the City joins in for the seventh year,” said Mayor Régis Labeaume. “This year’s new route will allow the beautiful Grande Allée to resonate to the sound of bagpipes and the footsteps of the thousand or so participants of the parade!”

Fred Cribb, a prominent Quebec City businessman and strong promoter of the city, will have the honour of leading the way as this year’s Grand Marshal. “I am thrilled to have been chosen by the organizing committee to act as Grand Marshal in the seventh Défilé,” says Cribb, who has been actively involved in the event for several years, as well as in many other activities in the Quebec City region, such as the Carnaval de Québec.

Both the Pipes & Drums of the Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department and the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department will be back again this year. In addition, the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums will be there. More pipes and drums from Quebec City and Montreal will also be on hand, as well as a number of Irish wolfhounds, Celtic dancers, leprechauns, entertainers and a wide array of Irish families who partake in the event year after year. In all, over 30 groups will take part in this year's Défilé.

“With its many participants coming from across North America, the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick promises to offer a great show for your eyes as well as for your ears,” said Michelle Morin-Doyle, Deputy Mayor and member of the Executive Committee of the City of Quebec. “I am confident that our citizens will again be at the rendez-vous and ensure the success of this event.”

This year, from March 13 to 19, a number of our more prominent landmark buildings will be lit up in green. ExpoCité, the Palais Montcalm and the Grand Théâtre will all be putting on the green! 

Le Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec is proud to collaborate with Le Festibière de Québec again this year. From March 17 to 19, Festibière Fête la St-Patrick will be hosting over 20 breweries, microbreweries, cideries and restaurateurs at the Pavillon du Commerce (ExpoCité). All are welcome to join the Défilé and Festibière Fête la St-Patrick in celebration of our Irish roots, where traditional music and ambience are guaranteed to entertain all!  Visit www.festibieredequebec.com for details.  

Le Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec wishes to thank its main partners, without whom the event would not be possible: Ville de Québec, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Industrielle Alliance, W. Rourke Ltd, St-Patrick Irish Pub, Festibière fête la St-Patrick, Frank M. O’Dowd Inc., Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale, Office du tourisme de Québec, La Maison Simons, Guinness, Hilton Québec, Équipe Donovan, Ameublements Tanguay, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Shannon, Serge Cardinal CPA Inc., Ver-Mac, Hickson-Noonan, Kribco Inc., Action promotion Grande Allée; as well as all our media partners: Rouge FM, Énergie, Le Soleil and the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph.

For more information visit www.qcpatrick.com