Fifth Défilé de la Saint-Patrick to be more spectacular than ever


The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick is celebrating in high style this year with a parade that will be more spectacular and richer in music than ever. Grand Parade Marshall Barbara Miller Roy will proudly lead the way through Quebec City's streets on Saturday, March 22. Also present will be Bono, the parade's official mascot, a magnificent Irish Wolfhound. The action gets underway at 12 NOON from St. Patrick's High School, and the parade will go along Rue Aberdeen, Avenue Cartier and Rue Saint-Jean all the way to City Hall in the heart of Old Quebec.

The celebrated "Dream Team" - musicians of the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department, and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) "Emerald Society" Pipes and Drums - will be among the classics. The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick is the only event where these three groups, among the best in the world in their category, play together. Joining them will be the Pipes and Drums of Montréal.

Members of the RCMP Musical Ride and their magnificent horses will be present.

Four actors from the National Battlefields Commission, which presents a unique historic tableau in the parade every year, will personify the many Irish workers employed at the munitions plants on the Plains of Abraham during the First World War.

There are some surprising new entries this year. Some 20 musicians of the naval reserve unit HMCS Montcalm, and their mascot SONAR are joining the party. There will also be a troupe of medieval warriors, complete with their battle horns, who will reenact a Viking battle during the parade.

Last but not least, the Grand Gathering of Irish descendants from Frampton, Quebec, who will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of their community in July 2015, will be marching in the parade.

The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec is the only Francophone parade in North America and, as such, presents an exceptional cultural panorama of the history of the Irish in this area. It's also the largest parade in the Quebec City area, stretching over one kilometre in length, compared to 800 metres for the Winter Carnival parade.
Remember, on St. Patrick's Day and for this parade, everyone is Irish.