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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 quintet 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 five 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 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!

2019 Grand Marshal

Mr. Ken Hall, Grand Marshal of the 10th edition

The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec has much pleasure in naming Ken Hall as Grand Marshal of the tenth edition of its annual parade. Mr. Hall is General Manager of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

Ken, who is originally from Montreal, has spent more than 25 years in the hospitality industry, with 11 years of them in hotel management. In recent years, he was General Manager of the Fairmont Jasper Lodge, where he was the driving force behind a major renovation project involving transformation of the entire hotel, as well as repositioning it in the market. His progressive vision of the hospitality industry, his expert promotion of winter tourism and his ability to achieve new highs in guest satisfaction, made him an ideal candidate to take on his current position.

After several years away, Mr. Hall is delighted to return to his home province of Quebec to be closer to his family and to join the team at the Château Frontenac. Ken began his career with Fairmont Hotels in 1992 when he joined the staff of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. There he held several positions in restaurant management. In 1997, he took part in the leadership development program of Fujiya hotels in Japan.

Returning to Canada in 1998, Ken joined the Fairmont Royal York as Manager, Catering and Convention Services, and held that position until 1999, when he transferred to the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac to take up the position of Director, Conference Services and Catering. In 2004, he was promoted to Executive Director of Conference Services and Catering at Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda. 2007 saw Ken return to Canada once more, this time as Director of Operations at Fairmont Tremblant, before being promoted to Hotel Manager at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth.

In 2012, Ken joined Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, as Hotel Manager, and in 2015, he was appointed General Manager at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a position he held until his appointment last October as General Manager of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

Ken Hall holds a Diploma from Canadore College of Hospitality and Tourism in North Bay, Ontario and a Certificate from the Hospitality General Managers Program at Cornell University in New York.

In honoring Ken Hall, the Défilé pays special tribute to the Fairmont Château Frontenac. This gesture shows the gratitude of everyone, including the Irish community, for the great generosity that the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has shown to the Défilé over the past ten years. It is also a tribute to all those people from Quebec City, many of them of Irish descent, who have worked at the Château Frontenac since its founding, and to highlight the leading role it has played in the development of Quebec City and the surrounding region.

For this occasion, many of the hotel staff will accompany Mr. Hall on the route of the Défilé to City Hall.

Ken Hall, Grand Marshal of the Défilé, invites everyone to take part in this parade, the most important spring event in Quebec City.


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

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