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Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec

The parade

  • 50 000 + visitors
  • 1000 + participants
  • 120 + volunteers

Saturday March 24, 2018
Downtown Québec City
Celebrate the wearing of the green!

On Saturday March 24, downtown Québec City will echo to the sounds of bagpipes and the footsteps of participants in the 9th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

Classic elements

A parade with plenty of music!

The renowned quartet comprising the combined bagpipes and percussion groups of the police forces of Boston (Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums), New York (Pipes & Drums of the Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department), Chicago (Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department) and Toronto (the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums) is back once again this year! The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec offers a rare opportunity to see these three groups perform on the same occasion.

What’s more, we will have welcome the Québec City police force (Service de police de la Ville de Québec), the Montreal Pipes & Drums, the RCMP Pipes and Drums, and the pipe band of the 78th Fraser Highlanders – Fort St. Andrews.

A colourful parade

At the same time, local citizens will parade with Irish wolfhounds, and will march in groups representing Celtic dance troupes, leprechauns, historical re-enactors, dance schools, circus performers, Gaelic football clubs, and a fine showing by members of Irish families who take part in the event year after year. All told, more than 50 participant groups join in the parade!



Be right in the heart of the festivities!

The Québec City St Patrick’s Day Parade is more than 1000 participants, musicians, dancers, buskers, Irish-born families, charitable organizations, historical re-enactors, leprechauns and the ‘little people’, all of whom enliven downtown Quebec each year to the great delight of the spectators. Join the celebration!


Join the team!

Every year more than 120 volunteers pitch in to make the parade a shared festive and fun-filled event. Various positions are available: ranging from reception to security, as well as assistance with the setting up. Come join us!