Irish eyes are smiling this March in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:37
As the winter season comes to a close next March, many individuals throughout the world start to dust off their favourite green clothing for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Canada's capital city is no exception, as many Irish descendants and fans of the nation's traditions gather together to celebrate this fun and festive holiday. Travellers who will be in the area from March 8th though the 17th can participate in the fantastic city-wide Irish Festival and have a blast while on vacation.
Formerly known as Irish Week, this celebration has blossomed into a full-blown festival that incorporates many aspects of Irish culture. Guests can be a part of several different activities, demonstrations and culinary delights throughout the event. Irish Canadians from across the country will come together during the extravaganza that leads up to St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. All residents and travellers in Ottawa are encouraged to attend and join in on the fun.
One of the highlights of the event is the massive St. Patrick's parade that happens on the 10th. The route winds through the city streets, starting at the town hall and concluding at Landsdowne Park. Floats and other displays will be judged by event officials in categories such as best marching band and best overall. Some say a costumed version St. Patrick himself has come in the past, so travellers will not want to miss this thrilling spectacle.
Those who wish to continue with the festivities after the parade can also go to the Grand Irish Parade Party at the Civic Centre Salons. This gala will feature live entertainment by traditional musicians and Irish dancers.
The parade is not the only thing happening throughout the week, as there are countless other attractions and activities to see and do for all ages. For instance, families can head to the Ottawa Public library to learn more about Irish history. There will also be trivia tournaments, whiskey nights, and pancake breakfasts for all to participate in throughout the week.
Tickets to certain events and more information can be found on the Irish Society of the National Capital Region's website. Attending the Irish Festival this March can be a great way to honour this unique and proud heritage while on an exciting holiday in Ottawa.