A great crowd and pleasant weather – 6th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec

A great crowd and pleasant weather – 6th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec

Press release by Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec and quotes from 2015 Grand Marshal Daniel O’Dowd as recorded by Andrew Greenfield

All photos, unless otherwise stated, were taken on the day itself and are credited to Le Belvédère – Studio Multimédia.

A GREAT CROWD AND PLEASANT WEATHER!

Québec City, Saturday, March 28th, 2015 – What a beautiful, sunny afternoon we had to celebrate the 6th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec in the streets of downtown Québec!

Nearly 1 200 participants were part of the parade today, including the Dream Team composed of the renowned Pipes & Drums Of The Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department, the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums and the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department.

St_Pats_Pde_QC_Mar2015_3A festive crowd of an estimated 50,000 people joined us in celebrating the 6th edition of the Défilé. Among the highlights of the parade were the Montréal Pipes & Drums, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police pipers, accompanied by two gorgeous horses from the Musical Ride, the 78th Fraser Highlanders Fort St.Andrews Garrison, Ville de Québec, representations of historical characters, notably a personification of La Bolduc, the Éclairs de Québec, the Titans de Québec, music from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montcalm, Irish wolfhounds, Celtic dancers, a vast amount of Irish families and much more.

“ The temperature today was exceptional. The public, whose attendance has doubled since last year, witnessed a lively, musical parade! ” says Stephen Burke, president of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec 2015. “ With such a great support from the citizens of Quebec, one could easily bet that next year’s 7th edition will be just as memorable. ”

A successful partnership with Festibière de Québec
New this year, the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec paired up with Festibière fête la St-Patrick, which was decidedly a great success. The organisers are thrilled about this first collaboration and the future for both events seems promising. By joining forces, both events aim to make Québec City’s Saint-Patrick’s Day festivities grow even more, a winning combination as proved by this year’s success.

The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec wishes to thank its major partners, without whom the event would not be possible: Québec City, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Industrielle Alliance, W. Rourke Ltée, the Pub Saint-Patrick, Frank M. O’Dowd, Inc., the Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale, Québec City Tourism, Simons, Ameublements Tanguay, Guinness, Hilton Québec, Équipe Donovan, Groupe Deric, and all our media partners.

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Daniel O'Dowd - 2015 Quebec City St Patrick's Parade Marshal.  Photo credit: Allison Kirkwood.

Daniel O’Dowd – 2015 Quebec City St Patrick’s Parade Marshal.
Photo credit: Allison Kirkwood.

We managed to have a few words with Daniel O’Dowd, the 2015 Grand Marshal, and here’s what he had to say about the whole thing:

LifeinQuebec.com ‘How did you get to become parade marshal?

Daniel O’Dowd ‘I’ve been involved with the parade in one way or another since 2010. I’m thrilled to see it grow and glad it’s going strong after coming back after the 84-year absence.’
The current board members asked me if I’d like to be this year’s parade marshal and then they voted on it. Apparently the decision was unanimous. I’m honoured, humbled, and proud about that.’

LifeinQuebec.com ‘And the day itself, how did it feel?’

Daniel O’Dowd ‘The parade is evolving, that’s certainly clear. People view it as part of the city, an annual thing. And it felt like that.
It’s well organised and today it’s a parade for the city and one that we can all be proud of. Celebrate our Irish roots, yes, those of who who have them (which is a lot of us here in the region) but nonetheless, the parade is for the city. I think the people here get that.
On a personal note I was just bursting with pride.’

LifeinQuebec.com ‘How was it compared to last year’s parade?’

Daniel O’Dowd ‘Certainly not as cold. It was a bit nippy, just below zero I think. We all had coats on, but that helped the walkers. You don’t want it too warm if you’re on foot for a couple of hours.’

LifeinQuebec.com ‘What about the future of the Irish community in Quebec City and your hopes for it?’

Daniel O’Dowd ‘It’s small and aging, not big. But you know, events like this parade instil a new sense of pride. Scratch the surface and the Irish heritage here is huge. Together, we call all accomplish important things.

Long may the parade and the vibrancy of the city continue.’

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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