St. Patrick’s in Quebec
Quebec goes green!

Québec City goes green!

The Irish community has had deep roots in the national capital region since the 19th century. For this reason, the City of Quebec is especially proud to be connected with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and the 8th edition of its annual parade.

All those of Irish descent, and all those who are Irish at heart, are invited to this importantpopular celebration.

From March 23 to 25, Québec City goes green!

Quebec and the Irish

For centuries, Quebeckers and Irish have had strong ties dating back to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants in Québec City in the early and mid-nineteenth century, especially during the tragic Great Famine in Ireland Between 1845 and 1851.

The festivities

Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec

  • MARCH 25, 2017
  • DOWNTOWN QUEBEC CITY

Festibière celebrates St. Patrick's Day

  • MARCH 23 TO 25, 2017
  • MUSÉE DE LA CIVILISATION

The celebrations on Grande Allée

  • MARCH 23 TO 25, 2017
  • GRANDE ALLÉE

St. Patrick's Day in Québec City

1765

Irish Protestants from the Quebec garrison hold the first recorded celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).

1819

First festivities organized by a group of Catholics.

1836

St. Patrick’s Society is formed to plan and implement all future celebrations of March 17.

1837

First St. Patrick’s Day Parade held through the streets of the city. The event takes place annually until 1916.

1921

Resumption of the St. Patrick’s Day parades up until 1926.

1926 - 1960

It is said that on St. Patrick’s Day during these years, the cadets from St. Patrick’s School, together with their brassband, marched from their school to the church on McMahon Street, and sometimes even to the City Hall.

2009

Peter Farrell, an Irishman residing in Québec City, resolves with some friends to revive the St. Patrick’s Day parades. It is an idea that the population embraces.

2010

First edition of the new St. Patrick’s Day’s parade, following an 84 year absence.Thanks to the 400 participants, the event is a great success.

2017

The parade project expands into weekend-long festivities with an expanded program that includes the participation of Festibière de Québec (beer fest) and the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs of Grand Allée. From March 23 to 25, let’s all join in and celebrate the enduring influence of the Irish on Québec City!

Sponsors of the festivities

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