The 2nd annual Le Défilé de la St-Patrick de Québec is taking place on Saturday, March 26, 2011, starting at 1:30 p.m. in Quebec City in Canada.
The parade was reinstated last year by local Irish-Canadian leaders, and was the first official Irish parade since the 1920s. The president of the parade committee is Irish native Peter Farrel, now living in Quebec.
The Quebec City St. Patrick’s Day Parade web site features a map of the parade route, which goes right through the heart of the historic city. It begins at St. Patrick’s High School on Avenue de Salaberry, heads along rue St-Jean, through the historic gate, and finishes up on rue des Jardins, near the Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral.
There’s also an historical time line that shows the Irish first arriving in Quebec City as members of the French Army in 1760. The first St. Patrick’s Day procession took place in Quebec City in 1837 and continued off and on through 1926.
Marching in this year's parade is the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums.
For details on hotel lodging, transportation, and other travel questions, visit Quebec City Tourism, located at
399, Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC G1K 8E2 Canada, or call 418 641-6290
Quebec City Tourism: www.quebecregion.com
St. Patrick's Day Parade Info: www.qcpatrick.com
For year round details on Irish events in New England, Canada and Ireland, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.