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6 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Toronto

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Updated: 12 March 2017
Irish heritage in Toronto is longstanding, and St. Patrick’s Day can involve a week-long series of events across the city. Whether you love to don your best green attire and drink excessively in Irish-themed revelry at pubs, or you prefer to celebrate the Emerald Isle in a quieter way, here’s a quick guide to what’s going on in Toronto as March 17 approaches.

Go to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On March 19, head downtown to watch Canada’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade—the 36th annual parade celebrates Ireland’s history, culture, and heritage. The fun starts at noon at the corner of Bloor and St. George streets and finishes at Nathan Phillips Square.

St Paddy's Day Parade in Toronto | © John Vetterli/ Flickr
St Paddy’s Day Parade in Toronto | © John Vetterli/ Flickr

Party at an Irish Pub

In the week before St. Paddy’s Day, a green-themed party can probably be found on every other corner in the city. Try the annual bash at Steam Whistle Brewery on March 14, which promises traditional eats from the Irish Embassy Pub & Grill, Woodgate-Shamrock Irish Dancers, and live music by Brogue and Scantily Plaid.

Also check out P.J. O’Brien and Mill Street Brew Pub for more legendary Irish-themed malarkey and shenanigans.

Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 362 2337
P.J. O’Brien, 39 Colborne St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 815 7562
Mill Street Pub, 21 Tank House Ln, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 681 0338

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Drink a green beer

No need to party hard—toast to Irish heritage with a green beer at some of Toronto’s innumerable Irish pubs, including Grace O’Malley’s on King Street West. Green tinge turn your stomach? Raise a Guinness, Harp, or Kilkenny—or a shot of Jameson Irish whiskey. You can also indulge in some traditional Irish fare, like bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Guinness Steak Pie, or soda bread.

Grace O’Malley’s, 14 Duncan St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 596 1444

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Green Beer for St. Paddy’s Day | © Jonathunder / WikiCommons

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Attend St. Patrick’s Day mass

Those interested in the historical or religious origins of this holiday, which celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland in the name of the country’s patron saint, can attend the large St. Patrick’s Day mass at the historic St. Michael’s Cathedral. The Irish Ambassador to Canada, Declan Kelly, attends every year.

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 364 0234

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Celebrate a week of Irish cultural events

St Patrick’s Week at Céilí Cottage on Queen Street East hosts a wide range of activities and events planned for the week surrounding St Paddy’s Day, including Irish dancing, live music, a shucking contest, and more.

Céilí Cottage, 1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 406 1301

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Visit Ireland Park

Instead of a parade or green-themed party, mark St. Patrick’s Day in a subtler way at the memorial Ireland Park, which honors the 38,000 Irish Great Famine immigrants that arrived in Toronto in 1847. The park features renowned Irish artist Rowan Gillespie’s life-sized bronze sculptures of famine migrants making their final landing in Canada, as well as a large limestone wall imported from Kilkenny that features over 1,100 names of migrants who died in Toronto’s 1847 Typhus epidemic.

Ireland Park, Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 601 6906