2006 Canada Montreal Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 11 Noon
2006 Grand Marshal Brian O'Neill
|January 15, 2006|
|February 12, 2006|
March 12, 2006
Mass of Anticipation
|April 23, 2006|
Brebeuf Parish LaSalle
(corner Bishop Power & George)
|This year's parade will be on Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 11 Noon. It runs along Ste Catherine Street from du Fort to Jeanne Mance where the reviewing stand is placed.|
|This event will be held at Place Ville Marie on Monday, February 16, 2004 at 11:00am. Everyone is welcome to attend as The Montreal Mayor and other dignitaries raise the St. Patrick's Flag. This is followed by a mini-parade through the shopping concourse with the pipes of The Black Watch.|
|Mass of Anticipation||Sunday, March 7 1:30pm
Held at St. Gabriel's Parish. Attended by Irish Organizations and the public.
Annual Awards’ Banquet & Dinner Dance
Saturday, March 20, 2004
|Annual March to The Stone||March to The Stone on Bridge St. All welcome|
|The story of the
man in whose honour the parade is held dates back to about 401 A.D. when a
fleet of black coracles carried raiding Irish Celts to the shores of
England, where they seized thousands of young Romanized Britons as
prisoners. Among the captives brought back to Ireland was a 16-year-old lad
called Patricius, who would go on to immortality as the Patron Saint of
It is imperative to be aware of the historical context of St. Patrick in order to understand what he stands for and the significance of these principles as embodied by the millions of men and women who have marched in his honour every year for the last 179 years.
In his excellent international best-seller,
How the Irish Saved Civilization, author Thomas Cahill tells us that
Patricius is transported to Ireland where he works alone in the hills as a
shepherd-slave for a local chieftan named Miliucc in the district of Antrim.
He finds himself "chastened exceedingly." His two constant companions are
hunger and nakedness.
|The greatness of
Saint Patrick, according to author Cahill, stems from the fact that he was
"the first human being in the history of the world to speak out
unequivocally against slavery." Saint Patrick, noted for his earthiness and
warmth, spent the last 30 years of his life - until his late 70s - teaching
pagans to embrace Christian values based on love and forgiveness. Montreal's
annual parade, the longest-running, uninterrupted, St. Patrick's Parade in
North America is symbolized by these three pillars - freedom, forgiveness
What greater example of love can one find than the open letter to his Montreal parishioners written in March, 1848, by Mgr. Ignace Bourget, the French-Canadian Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal?
In it, the bishop asks members of his diocese to adopt the hundreds of Irish orphans whose parents have died of disease and starvation in ships while fleeing the Great Potato Famine and the Great Pestilence of 1847 and 1848. Many of those who died after arriving in Montreal were buried in common graves, commemorated by an inscription on the huge stone in the middle of Bridge Street near the entrance to Victoria Bridge.
The Irish community of Montreal, which was relatively young at the time, lacked the resources and institutions to adopt so many orphans. But their French-Canadian neighbors came to the fore.
"Receive them without considering that they may be a burden to you," Bishop Bourget told his flock. "For you know very well that charity, to have any merit, means thinking of others more than of yourself." Edgar Andrew Collard, the respected historian who did a weekly column in The Gazette for many years, wrote that the response from French-Canadians was "prompt and open-hearted."
As Bishop Bourget noted at the time, such orphans "brought up in our midst" would "make common cause with us." To this day, we have a multitude of French-Canadians who bear such Irish names as Murphy, Johnson and Burns.
When we march in the St. Patrick's Parade we pay homage not only to those immigrants who make the long, arduous journey to a new land, but also to those citizens who open their arms to their breathren in need.
Ironically, as though they knew that The Great Potato Famine of 1847 would sweep a massive flood of immigrants to their shores, the local Irish community consecrated a newly erected Roman Catholic Church called Saint Patrick's near Place d'Armes on Wednesday, March 17th of that same year.
Let us peer through the mists of time, remembering with sadness those who perished in search of a better life and saluting those who struggled to establish their roots in a new land.
In memory of those long, difficult journeys and in anticipation of the many, new roads of hope and possibility, we ask you to join with us in sponsoring a pan-Canadian celebration of joy and unity under the banner of the 180th annual St. Patrick's Parade.
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