Whether or not you hail from the Emerald Isle, you are welcome to join in the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, one of the region’s most popular traditions. And there’s no better place to do so than in the town of Hudson!
Back in full force this year after the pandemic hiatus, the St. Paddy’s Day festivities organized by the Soulanges Irish Society will run from March 10 to 18, and yes, the program includes the long-awaited return of the popular St. Patrick’s Day parade!
Return of the traditional parade
Hudson’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the region’s iconic events. Past parades in this small community of 6,000 people have drawn more than 15,000 spectators along Hudson’s Main Road to enjoy Irish dancers, pipers, and stunning floats.
This year, the Soulanges Irish Society is planning a celebration of "all things Irish" in collaboration with Hudson businesses.
On March 18, starting at 1 p.m., everyone is invited to proudly don some Irish tartan or add a splash of green to their outfit and join the celebrations on Main Road in Hudson to experience the unique, festive atmosphere that makes this parade a not-to-be-missed event of the season!
A local beer for the occasion
On March 10, Cardinal Microbrewery will be launching their brand new beer, the Craic Irish Red Ale, concocted in honour of the Hudson parade. The brewers drew inspiration from a technique dating back to the early 1700s, in the town of Kilkenny, Ireland, to give the beer its distinctive colour. Proceeds from the sale of this beer, produced in limited quantities in honour of the parade, will go to the Soulanges Irish Society to “help keep the fun going,” to quote the microbrewery! Don’t miss your chance to taste it!
Live shows throughout the week
On March 14, don’t miss Furley's Irish Comedy Night!
And on March 16, head over to Embers restaurant for a charity dinner, featuring guests Steve Traynor and Paul Massie, with musical entertainment by Shane Murphy.
For the complete program, visit the Soulanges Irish Society’s website.
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