2017 Montreal Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday March 19th, 2017
Start time: 12pm – Corner of Fort & St. Catherine
WELCOME – CÉAD MILE FÁILTE
The United Irish Societies of Montreal is pleased to announce the names of the 2017 Parade dignitaries and award recipients:
Grand Marshal – Hon. Denis Coderre PC, Mayor of Montreal
Chief Reviewing Officer – Sister Dianna Lieffers nds
S. McDonaugh Humanitarian Award – Erin Sports Association
Liam Daly Heritage Award – Richard “Ricky” Clahane
Announcement of the dignitaries for Montreal’s 194th St Patrick’s Parade
Montreal, Quebec, 15 November, 2016 – The United Irish Societies of Montreal Executive
Committee is pleased to announce they have chosen the parade dignitaries and award
recipients for the 194th St Patrick’s parade taking place March 19, 2017.
The Grand Marshal, once a working position, is now a honourary one and has been going back
many years. It is the highest honour parade organizers can bestow upon a person who has had
a positive influence on the Montreal Irish community. We are pleased to announce Mayor Denis
Coderre will be the 2017 Grand Marshal.
Since his introduction to the Montreal Irish community in 2013 Mayor Coderre has
enthusiastically taken part in not only the parade but many other events in the community. His
support and participation grows year after year. Mayor Coderre travelled to Ireland in 2015 to
not only sign an agreement to foster relations with Dublin and have our two cities become sister
cities but also took the opportunity to trace his Irish heritage.
Mayor Coderre had these words when he was advised he was chosen as Grand Marshal
“I am deeply honoured to have been chosen Grand Marshal for the 2017 St Patrick’s Parade.
As Mayor of Montreal and now 2017 Grand Marshal, it is with great pride I share my deepest
love of my Irish heritage as I take part in one of Montreal’s oldest traditions and the longestrunning
St Patrick’s Parade in Canada. Irish heritage is an undeniable part of Montreal’s history,
as reflected on our City’s flag, and I am convinced that the 2017 Parade will be one of the
highlights of the 375th anniversary celebrations.”
Please visit our website for more info including past Grand Marshals:
The Chief Reviewing Officer, like the Grand Marshal, is an honourary position given to those
with or without Irish heritage who have contributed to the community. We are proud to introduce
Sister Diana Lieffers of St Gabriel’s Parish as our 65th Chief Reviewing Officer.
Please visit our website for more info including past Chief Reviewing Officers:
Each year the United Irish Societies hands out two awards.
The first is the Simon McDonaugh Humanitarian Award, named in Mr McDonaugh’s honour for
his dedication to his heritage and to the humanitarian acts committed during his life. This year’s
recipient is an organization chosen for the same reasons, The Erins Sports Association.
A full biography can be found here: http://www.montrealirishparade.com/notables/humanitarianaward
The second is the Liam Daly Heritage Award. Mr Daly promoted the Irish culture in Montreal
throughout his life. This year’s award goes to the Richard Clahane for doing the same.
A full biography can be found here:
On February 4, 2017 the United Irish Societies of Montreal will be choosing its Queen &
In 1929 the United Irish Societies of Montreal took over the organization of the parade and it has become more and more successful every year.
“St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759, after the Conquest, by Irish soldiers of the Montreal Garrison. In 1817, the beginning of the Irish community here, the observance of St. Patrick’s day was marked by special dinners and the celebration of religious services.
The actual celebration of a St. Patrick’s parade commenced on March 17, 1824. Michael O’Sullivan, lawyer and member of the Parliament of Lower Canada, was the main organizer of this public display. In 1836 he was appointed Chief Justice of Lower Canada but unfortunately he died in 1839.
The St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal was founded by prominent Montrealers of Irish heritage on March 17th, 1834. They became the organizers of this parade until 1892.
The parades of that era were a manifestation of the Irish success in the community and parades were held in Old Montreal on the day proper. Church services would precede the parade and a banquet was held after the parade with numerous toasts in celebration.”
More information can be found on our website(Click above). We can also be found on Facebook United Irish Societies of Montreal as well as Twitter @uismtl
ps. Click here for the Hudson St Patricks Day parade — happening the day before the Montreal 2016 parade