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03-15-2009, 10:17 PM
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OT - St. Patty's in Montreal

So I'm going to the game Tuesday with some friends, and to my absolute horror, some people are telling me St. Patty's isn't really celebrated in Montreal.

Please tell me this isn't true. And what bars/clubs would be the best to go party at after the game!?


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Any Bar that begins with "Mc" or ends in "annigans".

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So I'm going to the game Tuesday with some friends, and to my absolute horror, some people are telling me St. Patty's isn't really celebrated in Montreal.

Please tell me this isn't true. And what bars/clubs would be the best to go party at after the game!?

Isn't really celebrated? huh? Last time I checked there was a parade.

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Someone told me this week that Montreal had the second biggest Parade after the one in Dublin

Now I don't know how true that is, but I definitely think it's celebrated here

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Im sure you cant go wrong by going to Mckibbins, Irish Embassy, Ye Old Orchard or Winnies. Certainly the first 2 will be celebrating

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Im sure you cant go wrong by going to Mckibbins, Irish Embassy, Ye Old Orchard or Winnies. Certainly the first 2 will be celebrating
Yes we will. Come to Mckibbins.

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03-15-2009, 10:55 PM
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Someone told me this week that Montreal had the second biggest Parade after the one in Dublin

Now I don't know how true that is, but I definitely think it's celebrated here
New York is actually the biggest. You are right though, Montreal is second. We do have the Iron man title however... most consecutive years.

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By not celebrating, I was just under the impression most French people don't care about the day, that's all. I was sure all the Irish pubs and most of Crescent street would be celebrating.

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By not celebrating, I was just under the impression most French people don't care about the day, that's all. I was sure all the Irish pubs and most of Crescent street would be celebrating.
It's celebrated even by French people as many of us are having ties to Irish people, be it grand-parents or grand-grand-parents...

And because it's an excellent occasion to drink.

And listen to Flogging Molly.

And color everything we eat or see in green.

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The parade is on Sunday March 22

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From wikipedia:
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The longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parade in Canada occurs each year in Montreal, Quebec. The parades have been held in continuity since 1824; however, St. Patrick's Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France.[18]
That day you can actually drink booze on St-Cat!

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If you ever see a Montreal flag, you'll notice it has 4 symbols
Fleur de Lys = French
Rose = English
Clover = Irish
Thistle = Scottish

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Yeah, everything is on Sunday. All my friends and I have the day off to um.. celebrate.

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I would have thought boston would have the biggest parade or festivities but w/e. I'll probably see a ton of you in bars, not that we'll be in any shape to recognize eachother :p

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st. patty's is pretty big in Montreal, just hang around bishop/crescent/mountain streets. irish embassy, ye olde and mckibbins will all be packed on tuesday.

an interesting FYI, apparently there were more irish people in montreal than french people in the early 1900s.

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That Montreal parade is quite wild, if you've never been it's worth the drive from Toronto or anywhere close! The liquor store on Ste-Catherine near Stanley Street sells you bottles of Baileys right out the door during the parade.

Public drinking is not only tolerated, but encouraged during the parade...

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The parade owns. Great times when you can drink in front of cops too. I guarantee every bar will have stuff going on. It's a great excuse for them to make money. Old Dublin is goodtimes, but there's TONS of places to go. ENJOY

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It's one big drunkfest!!!

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Mtl is THE place in Canada to be on St. Pats day. I've been to Boston for a Mar 17 and it sucked in comparison. The parades fun, and try Hurley's on Cres . They used to have a room temperature tap for guinness.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Have a safe and brilliant day!

Sláinte,

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st. patty's is pretty big in Montreal, just hang around bishop/crescent/mountain streets. irish embassy, ye olde and mckibbins will all be packed on tuesday.

an interesting FYI, apparently there were more irish people in montreal than french people in the early 1900s.
Yep, but many learned french probably because we share the same religion. There's an expo on this topic at the McCord Museum.

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enter in any bar on bishop street (a few blocks away from the bell center), and you'll have a party!

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I would have thought boston would have the biggest parade or festivities but w/e. I'll probably see a ton of you in bars, not that we'll be in any shape to recognize eachother :p

NYC has the biggest

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The world's first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in Boston in 1761, organized by the Charitable Society. The first recorded parade[5] was New York City's celebration which began on 18 March 1762 when Irish soldiers in the English military marched through the city with their music.[6] The New York parade is the largest, typically drawing two million spectators and 150,000 marchers.[7] The predominantly French-speaking Canadian city of Montreal, in the province of Québec has the longest continually running Saint Patrick's day parade in North America, since 1824;[8] The city's flag has the Irish emblem, the shamrock, in one of its corners. Ireland's cities all hold their own parades and festivals, including Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Derry, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Waterford. Parades also take place in other Irish towns and villages. The St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland is part of a five-day festival; over 500,000 people attended the 2006 parade.

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Montreal has the 3rd largest St-Patty's Day parade in North America behind NYC and Chicago. Yeah that's right, it's even bigger than Boston's parade! So yeah, Montreal celebrates St. Patty's.

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