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.
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...
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
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.
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
The world's first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in Boston in 1761, organized by the Charitable Society. The first recorded parade 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. The New York parade is the largest, typically drawing two million spectators and 150,000 marchers. 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; 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.