CANCELLED - Three days of festivities for St. Patrick’s Day

The Ville de Québec has just announced (on March 12 at 5 p.m.) that due to the government of Québec's announcement today about preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Défile de la Saint-Patrick has been CANCELLED. 

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The Ville de Québec invites everyone to participate in St. Patrick’s festivities from March 19 to 21. In addition to the traditional parade, residents and tourists can enjoy activities offered in Montcalm and the Old Town.

The 11th annual Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, departing from St. Patrick’s High School on Rue de Maisonneuve, going along Avenue Cartier, Grande Allée and Rue Saint-Louis to City Hall.

Spectators will see and hear five renowned marching bands: the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department, the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department, and the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums.

Other participants will include the ceremonial unit of the Ville de Québec Police Department, the 78th Fraser Highlanders, the Titans, the Éclairs, the Druméthiques, Irish wolfhounds, Celtic dance troupes and Irish family clans.

The Quebec City St. Patrick’s parade always takes place the weekend after March 17, the actual date of St. Patrick’s Day, as many performing groups are busy elsewhere the previous weekend.

Irish flavours in the streets of Quebec City

From March 19 to 21, many businesses in Montcalm and Old Quebec will offer numerous activities, which will be free and open to all.

On Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s High School, a presentation will be given by Daniel Stewart about the arrival of the first Irish immigrants in Quebec, around 1820.

On Saturday, March 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m., at the corner of Avenue Cartier and Rue Fraser, The Irish Bastards will sing and play traditional Irish, Quebec, Celtic and Bluegrass tunes to keep people moving while waiting for the parade to start.

On Saturday, March 21, from 1 p.m., near City Hall, prior to the parade, clowns and musical groups will amuse passersby. People of all ages can have their faces made up in St. Patrick’s colours to welcome the parade.

On Saturday, March 21, from the arrival of the parade near City Hall until 6:30 p.m, the musicians of Irish Tree and Écorce will make you rediscover the rich folklore of Irish music.

On Saturday, March 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., after marching in the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick, Irish dancers will give a show near City Hall.

Many local businesses and restaurants will be decorated for the occasion and will offer visitors typical Irish foods and dishes.

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