Looking Good For The 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Photo: Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph 1926 Archives

The arch on St-Julie street was decorated for the St-Patrick's Day parade in the early 1920's. The last St-Patrick's day parade in Quebec City was in 1926.

The president of the organizing committee for the St-Patrick's Day Parade in Quebec City hopes to be able to announce a city-approved date and route for the much-anticipated event in less than three weeks.

Peter Ferrell says he knows the parade will not be on March 14, as it would compete with the well-established Montreal St-Patrick's Day Parade.

Ferrell is the owner of the Irish Pub Nelligan's on Rue Ste-Geneviève.

During a meeting less than two weeks ago with city officials, Ferrell says he was told that they "will offer all the resources they can muster," including security and emergency services.

The parade has not yet officially been launched, but Ferrell says people are already volunteering. Five to six companies have confirmed they will have a float in the parade, but Ferrell refused to name names until the official launch. He did say, however, one confirmed volunteer is "Patrick Roy's mom" and that Les Capitales, the local minor league baseball team, have confirmed their involvement in the parade.

The 2010 parade will be the first since 1926 in Quebec City. Ferrell says he doesn't know why the parade stopped being organized.

He had failed in previous attempts in the past to organize a parade, but things fell into place this time around.

"There is a new beat about Quebec City and I feel it's the right time now to do this," he says.

A Facebook group was formed to show and build support for the project. The group, which originally numbered only 25, has grown to at last count, 1,238 members. Recently, Ferrell cited the work of young volunteers as a key to getting the effort to reestablish the parade off the ground.

One member, JD Hobbes posted, "This is a momentous achievement and a historic day for the Quebec city Celtic population. I'm amazed and proud!"

Ferrell says the day is a special one where all races and creeds can celebrate together in peace.

"It's a day that brings everyone together," he said, "People have stopped us in the streets to thank us for bringing the parade back."