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Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec

The parade

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

Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 2:00 PM
Downtown Québec City
Celebrate the wearing of the green!

On Saturday March 23, downtown Québec City will echo to the sounds of bagpipes and the footsteps of participants in the 10th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

Classic elements

A parade with plenty of music!

The renowned Pipes and Drums quartet consisting of the police forces of Boston (Boston Police Gaelic Column), New York (Pipes & Drums of the New York Emerald Society), Chicago (Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department) and Toronto (the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums) and for the 10th anniversary, Philadelphia (Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums). The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec offers a unique opportunity to experience these four groups perform in the same parade.

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

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!

2019 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!

2018 Grand marshal

Mr. Patrick McKenna, a product of the Irish heritage of Québec city

The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec is pleased to name Patrick McKenna as Grand Marshal of the coming 9th edition of its parade. McKenna is a highly respected academic and school administrator, known to generations of city’s citizens who attended St. Patrick’s High School, at the time the largest English Catholic school serving Eastern Quebec (from Quebec to Blanc Sablon). He has spent his career in Education and in roles that exemplify the contributions of many with Irish heritage to the fabric of Quebec City.

Born and raised in Quebec, Patrick McKenna has strong Irish roots. He attended St. Patrick’s before earning a Bachelor of Education from the Université de Montréal and going on to earn a Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of Ottawa.

After accepting a teaching position at St. Patrick’s, upon his return to Quebec, he was assigned increasing responsibilities leading to his appointment as Vice Principal and then Principal of the school. During this time he made an indelible impression on students over two generations. He also served as Vice Principal at École Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

Patrick has lent his time and skills among professional associations guiding educational institutions, among them, the Association Québécoise des Directeurs d’École and the Quebec Catholic School Commission. Community organizations have also benefited from his dedicated service and insight. Many will recall his years as a member of the governing boards of St. Patrick’s Parish, Irish Heritage Quebec and St. Brigid’s Guild.

In 2001, McKenna obtained Irish citizenship on the strength that his grandmother Cecilia Duffy was born in Ireland. In fact, she was born at sea on an Irish ship on June 25, 1857 and then baptized at Grosse-Île on July 7. She raised her family at the “McKenna House”, purchased by his great-grandfather James McKenna in 1860. The house remains a historic landmark and is located at 15, rue Ste-Famille in Old Quebec.

In honouring Mr. McKenna, the Défilé offers a special salute to St. Patrick’s High School which is celebrating the 175th Anniversary of its founding. To this end, a large group of the school’s alumni, students and staff from the High School will accompany Mr. McKenna along the parade route to City Hall. Participants in St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish Football Program will also be asked to close the Défilé as in years past.

In this special year for St. Patrick’s High School, the parade’s Grand Marshal Patrick McKenna invites everyone to join in the city’s most important celebration of Spring.

Crédit photo: Allison Kirkwood


Jean-Yves Duclos
Député fédéral de Québec
Ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social

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