The City of Quebec has great ambitions for the Irish festival of St. Patrick’s Day. Not only will the celebrations unfold this year for a whole weekend, with the highlight of the traditional March 25 procession, but the municipality also wants to make it a rallying area of great tourist attraction.
“We want to become a feast at the regional minimum (…) a weekend where all the Irish and those of Eastern Quebec will come to Quebec,” said Mayor Régis Labeaume Thursday morning at On the occasion of a press conference on the unveiling of this spring festival.
Ambitions shared by the Vice-President of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, James Donovan. “We want to become the most beautiful parade in the world and it is far from unrealistic when we consider the scenery of the city.”
This year, four prestigious groups of bagpipes and percussion from the New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto police services will be in attendance. “Find me a parade that has as many pipes and drums as prestigious,” says Donovan.
For the first time this year, the Irish celebration will be held in collaboration with the restaurateurs of the Grande-Allée which will propose several activities, including traditional music and typically Irish food. The Festibière will welcome hops enthusiasts at the Musée de la civilization.