St. Patrick’s parade
in Quebec

The parade

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

Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 2:00 PM
Downtown Québec City
Celebrate the wearing of the green!

On Saturday March 21, downtown Québec City will echo to the sounds of bagpipes and the footsteps of participants in the 11th 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), Toronto (the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums) and 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, Drums and Dancers, the local 78th Fraser Highlanders – Fort St. Andrews, the Montréal Pipes and Drums, NCSM Montcalm, the Rouge & Or Drumline, the Titans, the Éclairs and the Druméthiques of Québec City. A total of 10 bands will take part in the parade this year!

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!

2020 Parade route


Saint Patrick’s Day Parade route in Quebec city
Starting on the corner of Fraser street and Cartier avenue

trajet du defile de la saint-patrick a quebec

St.Patrick's High School

Porte Saint Louis

Le Concorde Hotel Quebec

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

National Assembly of Quebec

City Hall



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!

2020 Grand Marshal

The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec is pleased to name Mrs. Pauline Bigaouette McCarthy as Grand Marshal for its 11th edition. Mrs. McCarthy is a pioneer and visionary in the field of cultural, recreational and philanthropical development of the local Irish community.

In 1952, Pauline Bigaouette married the late Royal Canadian Air Force Veteran Mr. Thomas McCarthy, a native of Shannon, where they built their home and where Mrs. McCarthy still lives today surrounded by her 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren.

An exceptional volunteer, she has served the Municipality of Shannon in numerous ways. Within the Catholic Women’s League, she served as both local president and Diocesan President organizing several community projects like annual field days, various pilgrimages, family picnics, sleigh rides and fundraisers.

One of her most remarkable projects remains the Shannon Irish Show. Not only did she initiate different choral groups such as the Pride of Shannon, the Belles and Beau’s and the Shannon Rovers, she went as far as to convince a renowned Irish dance instructor to come from Ireland to teach here! To this day, the Shannon Irish Dancers still participate annually in the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick.

As early as the mid 1970’s she instigated, with the collaboration of the Eastern Quebec Regional School Board, what was to become the Shannon Municipal Library.

As Municipal Councillor from 1987 to 1991, she was active in organizing school bussing for the community.

In 1989, Mrs. McCarthy founded The Shannon Historical Society (SHS). Thanks to her, many new streets now bear the names of founding members of the community. The SHS was also behind the preservation and relocation of an original Shannon school house to St. Patrick’s Street where it remains a popular historical site today. Mrs. McCarthy was the driving force behind the publication of a historical recounting that documents the origins of the people of Shannon called “Where Green is Worn”. Under Mrs. McCarthy’s leadership, the SHS team was involved in the implementation of an annual Remembrance Day Ceremony with a significant participation from the soldiers at Base Valcartier. In June of 1997, Mrs. McCarthy was instrumental in the erection of the Celtic cross installed alongside St. Joseph’s Chapel to honour the citizens of Shannon and their ancestry.

Mrs. McCarthy was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the National Assembly Medal for her volunteerism.

In honouring Mrs. Pauline McCarthy, the Défilé acknowledges heroutstanding contributions within the Irish community of Shannonand beyond. She is an inspiring and determined force who continually promotes and preserves the memory of our ancestors.

Saint Patrick’s Day in Quebec City!

The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec invites you to consult Saint-Patrick à Québec! to find out all the activities concerning the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and celebrations in Quebec City.

A parade accessible to everyone

A paratransit (STAC) pick up point will be provided for returns at the end of the Parade. Passengers must be members of STAC and transportation must be booked 1 week before the event, which takes place on March 21.

Please contact us by March 11 to reserve the service:

To find out more about paratransit (STAC):