Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Teams Up with Festibière

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Teams Up with Festibière

Quebec City (Quebec) 15 March 2015 – The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Quebec City this year will be joined by Festibière, a celebration of local and regional beer.  The union is being called a “natural association” by organisers.

The grand parade, now in its sixth year, will take place on March 28 at 13:30. The route taken by the 1,200 participants has not changed and is expected to attract 40 000 to 50 000 people. The procession will take Avenue De Salaberry, Aberdeen and Cartier, and will continue all along rue St. Jean to City Hall.

As in the past, it will host three prestigious groups of bagpipes and drums from New York, Boston and Chicago. Since this parade takes place a week later than the others, Québec is the only place in North America where you can see the three pipe bands in the same place at the same time, said Stephen Burke, president of the parade.

There will also be new activities this year, organizers announced. The Festibière offers a spring release and will settle for three days, from March 26 to March 28, at the Pavilion ExpoCité. The general manager of the event, Sébastien Huot, stressed that the association between the Festibière and St. Patrick is “natural”.

The hop lovers can taste the products of 20 microbreweries in a festive atmosphere. The principle is the same as Festibière itself, which is held in the summer in the Old Port, but the tasting glasses will be slightly bigger, especially for St. Patrick.

A traditional, “typically Irish” musical component will be deployed on a central stage.

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