History of Saint Patrick's Day
Montreal St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saint Patrick's Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.
Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.
Montreal hosts one of the longest-running and largest St. Patrick's Day parades in North America.