BOOBIESSaint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by the those of Irish descent and increasingly by non-Irish people (especially in Brome Lake where the English Community stands strong together and raises a beer mug or six together). Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. Green, as in the color of Brome Lake! Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink (such as Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey or Baileys Irish Cream) and attending parades.
In Knowlton and Brome Lake the celebration occurs mainly at the Knowlton Pub…where the English Community gather to celebrate the heritage that built this area! What better place to celebrate than at the local Pub where the locals come together! While most of Canada is involved in “Rrrrrrolling up the Rrrrim” to win, we have our own “Lac Brrrrrrrrrome” parties during the green days of Saint Patties day!
Heck…we have no high-speed internet, no chain restaurants like Wendy’s (a classic red-headed Irish beauty), no Tim Horton’s, no late night shopping, and no real tourist attractions unless someone considers that a truck stop on the highway can be considered as a “Most beeeuuutiful town in Quebec”.
In Knowlton…the best place to celebrate is:
Bistro Knowlton Pub
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Friday March 20th
HOSTED BY CHOM FM’s PETE MARIER “BAD PETE”
BECOME THE NEW “KNOWLTON IDOL” IN THE “ DANNY BOY” SINGING COMPETITION
GREAT PRIZES: DRINK SPECIALS MUSIC BY RALPH & LAURA
“IF YOUR LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE IRISH, YOUR LUCKY ENOUGH!”
267 Knowlton Rd, Knowlton 242-6862
The St. Patrick’s Day parade was first held in Boston in 1761, organized by the Charitable Society. The first recorded parade was New York City’s celebration which began on 18 March 1762 when Irish soldiers in the English military marched through the city with their music.
The New York parade is the largest, typically drawing two million spectators and 150,000 marchers. The predominantly French-speaking Canadian city of Montreal, in the province of Québec has the longest continually running Saint Patrick’s day parade in North America, since 1824;The city’s flag has the Irish emblem, the shamrock, in one of its corners. Ireland’s cities all hold their own parades and festivals, including Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Derry, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Waterford. Parades also take place in other Irish towns and villages. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland is part of a five-day festival; over 500,000 people attended the 2006 parade.
In Knowlton, Brome Lake, only the purists celebrate the day. The longtime English residents gather together to share a communal moment during this special day.
Congratulations Brome Lake for your English Heritage!!