Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

(Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

At the annual Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you just might spot a real leprechaun. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

Close to 5 million Canadians are descended from Ireland, making the Irish the fourth-largest ethnic group in the country. Each March 17, communities around Canada celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with fun-loving times that honour the spirit and cultural of the Emerald Isle. In Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday while Montreal celebrates the longest-running St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country. Toronto, meanwhile, has the largest such celebration, with roughly 300,000 people celebrating. [Watch scenes from the 2012 Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade.]

The photo above was taken at last year’s parade in Toronto, which occurred on a balmy day with revellers young and old out on the streets in their favourite St. Paddy’s Day gear. This young parade attendee was standing on Queen Street West and University Avenue, watching the floats and marchers go by.

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More St. Patrick’s Day in Canada Coverage on Vacay.ca

At Vacay.ca, we have St. Patrick’s Day travel ideas for those visiting Canada or travelling abroad.

What St. Patrick’s Day means to the world and where to celebrate in Ireland

In 2012, Vacay.ca spotlighted the 17 best Irish bars across Canada as we counted down to St. Patrick’s Day from March 1. Find out more about each of them as you plan your celebrations this year.

McVeigh’s, Toronto, Ontario (video) 
Durty Nelly’s, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Failte, Waterloo, Ontario (video) 
The Irish Times, Victoria, British Columbia
Shamrock City, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
King’s Head, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ceili’s Pub, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dora Keogh, Toronto, Ontario (video) 
O’Byrne’s Irish Pub, Edmonton, Alberta
O’Hanlon’s, Regina, Saskatchewan
Hurley’s, Montreal, Quebec
The Auld Spot Pub, Toronto, Ontario (video) 
Darcy McGee’s, Ottawa, Ontario
Doolin’s Irish Pub, Vancouver British Columbia
The James Joyce Pub, Calgary, Alberta
The Inn of Olde, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador 2012
The Irish Embassy, Toronto, Ontario (video) 


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Vicky is the worldly publisher of Vacay.ca. Having graduated from McGill University in Montreal, she has set about building a talented team of travel experts to deliver to you words and images of the very best places to see and experience in Canada. Based in Yorkville in Toronto, Vicky regularly jet sets around Canada — be sure to catch up with her when she's in your part of the country.

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