The St. Patrick’s Parade in Montreal
March 19, 2017
Start time: 12pm - Corner of Fort & St. Catherine

Under the direction of The United Irish Societies of Montreal, Inc.

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2017 PARADE ROUTE

2017 Grand Marshal
Hon. Denis Coderre PC

2017 Parade Grand Marshall Mayor Denis Coderre

2017 Chief Reviewing Officer
Sister Dianna Lieffers nds

Chief Reviewing Officer Sister Dianna Lieffers nds

QUEEN & COURT

Each year since 1956 the United Irish Societies of Montreal has organized a contest to select a queen and princesses for the annual parade. The event was originally called the Queen’s Pageant and held at the Sailor’s Club in Old Montreal. Today, the Selection Evening is a public speaking contest held at Plaza Centreville downtown.

Mary Lynne Loftus

Mary Lynne Loftus
QUEEN

Catherine Barnwell

Catherine Barnwell
PRINCESS

Robin Brodrick

Robin Broderick
PRINCESS

Meagan Coleman

Meagan Coleman
PRINCESS

Sydney Légaré

Sydney Légaré
PRINCESS

We need your support!

The cost of putting on one of North America’s premiere events has become more and more expensive with each passing year. Costs are rising whereas financial support is declining. We need your support. No donation is too small. Please click on the below button and give generously.

Simon McDonaugh Humanitarian Award

The Erin Sports Association was first formed in 1931 by a group of young, mostly Irish, boys who regularly called Richmond and Grand Trunk streets in Point St Charles their stomping grounds. Originally called the Erin Social Club, their first meeting was held in a backyard shed. Their goal was to form sports teams and join the local leagues as one group.

The purpose of the Erin Sports Association has evolved to promote social and sports activities among its members and within their community and to provide charitable assistance when and wherever possible. They do so in most cases anonymously.

They hold annual events such as a popular Children’s Christmas party, a summer Santa party at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and an annual BBQ in benefit of St Gabriel’s Parish. They assist the Manna Verdun food bank, the Verdun Minor Football Association, The Point Aces Football program and many other grassroots organizations in and outside the neighbourhood.

Over 30 years ago they assumed responsibility for the Irishman of the Year Breakfast. Anyone who has attended since would agree they have done so showing they are second to none when it comes to fundraising events. The Breakfast has allowed the Erin to give back over $500,000 to different organizations in the Verdun, Lasalle & Southwest boroughs of Montreal.

The Erin Sports Association is the embodiment of the values our community holds dear, community, children, families. We congratulate them on their ongoing work.

About Simon McDonaugh

The United Irish Societies lost a dear and valued member in 1992, when Simon McDonaugh passed away and, in 1993, an award was established for the community to remember Mr. McDonaugh’s dedication to his heritage and to the humanitarian acts committed during his life. Mr. McDonaugh’s association with the United Irish Societies and the St. Patrick’s Parade were long standing. From 1940 to 1979 he served the organization and the annual parade as its Chief Deputy Marshal. During those years he was the inspiration to the marshals and members for the successful implementation of the parades. For many years he took the responsibility, with his colleagues, to build the reviewing stands for dignitaries to review the parades. In later years, Mr. McDonaugh was presented with a Gold Card Membership in recognition of a lifetime of loyal and faithful service to the United Irish Societies and to the annual St. Patrick’s Parade. The memory of Mr. McDonaugh’s humanitarian lifestyle lives on through this award.

Liam Daly Heritage Award

Richard “Ricky” Clahane

Richard “Ricky” Clahane was born in Point Saint Charles in 1956. He attended many of the local community schools in Griffintown, The Point, Verdun and Lasalle. Married to the late Sharon O’Connell, together they have one daughter, Christa, who also performs in the entertainment field. Ricky is one of nine brothers and sisters of the well known Clahane family, parented by William and Geraldine Clahane.

Ricky was initially mentored and tutored at a very early age by his mother Geraldine. He was taught songs, lyrics, dance routines and cabaret skills which started him on his long entertainment career. He has performed at many parish concerts and cabarets over his career in support of many fundraisers. He has supported his sister Geraldine in performing for the Victoria Park School, now REACH School. In great demand, Ricky consistently accommodates requests he receives.

Ricky started his professional career at an early age when playing at well known Irish clubs such as the Hunters Horn, TC’s, and O’Leary’s Pub. He has committed his talents and time to the success of the many important community initiatives for the parishes of St. Gabriel’s and St. John Brebeuf. He has supported Royal Canadian Legion branches in the Point, Verdun, LaSalle, Greenfield Park and St. Hubert to also assist them in their initiatives. He has performed at many of the Erin Sports Association’s Irishman of the Year Breakfasts and post Breakfast parties as well as at many United Irish Societies dinner dances.

Additionally, Ricky has performed at many of the seniors residences in our communities such as the Father Dowd Home, St. Patrick’s Square, and the Good Shepherd Community Center. He continues this commitment to the seniors today in the City of Mississauga, where he resides. Ricky has played the role of Santa for many a needy family and child on Christmas Eve who were either sick or in need of a gift.

Ricky had a great bond with Mr. Liam Daly. At Liam’s invitation, Ricky performed regularly on the Irish Show during the St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas seasons. Ricky is an individual who exemplifies the vision for this award, which is to acknowledge a candidate who exemplifies love of his heritage and who promotes the Irish heritage through the arts.

The United Irish Societies is pleased to present the 2017 Liam Daly Heritage Award to Mr. Ricky Clahane.

About Liam Daly

A native son of Dublin, Ireland, Liam Daly, was proud of his Irish heritage. From the first day he arrived, through his talent, love and devotion, Liam volunteered his time to the continual presence of the Arts and the Irish Cultural in the City of Montreal Liam is missed by the Irish Community. As a tribute to him, the United Irish Societies of Montreal has created the Liam Daly Heritage Award which will be awarded to a worthy candidate who exemplifies Liam’s love of his heritage and promotes the Irish heritage through the arts.

The United Irish Societies of Montreal, with the help of advertisements, publishes a yearly souvenir program / yearbook that is distributed at the annual Awards Banquet.
In the souvenir program / yearbook we celebrate the events of the past year, culminating with the annual parade.
Below is a downloadable copy of the program / yearbook in PDF format. Please be sure to read through it and, where possible, be sure to do business with our advertisers. While you’re at it, please mention where you saw their advertisement.
If you would like a hard copy for your personal use, for customers to browse at your place of business, or are interested in supporting our organization with an advertisement,  please contact Leigh-Ann Killin.
2017 UIS Parade Program

2017 winners

BEST HIGH SCHOOL UNIT

Lester B. Pearson
School Board

SPONSORED BY
Bernier Family

BEST AMATEUR FLOAT

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Expos Fest

SPONSORED BY
J.P. Feron

BEST MILITARY UNIT

3rd Montreal
Battery of Artillery

SPONSORED BY
Quinn Family

BEST MARCHING UNIT

RCMP
RCMP

SPONSORED BY
Phillips & Campbell

BEST OUT OF
TOWN UNIT

Flying Ducks Hockey Club
(Dublin, Ireland)

SPONSORED BY
J.McMullen Memorial

BEST CELTIC
DANCING UNIT

Bernadette Short School
of Irish Dance

SPONSORED BY
William C. Hickey Memorial

MOST CREATIVE ENDEAVOUR

Karnak Shriners,
A.A.O.N.M.S.

SPONSORED BY
CBC

BEST SISTER
SOCIETY

St. Patrick’s Society
of Montreal

SPONSORED BY
Past Presidents’

BEST PIPE
BAND

Pipes & Drums of the
Black Watch (RHR)

SPONSORED BY
Bishop Leonard Crowley

MOST AUTHENTIC
IRISH UNIT

UIS Marshals
McCambridge Fami

SPONSORED BY
John Kenny Memorial

MOST ORIGINAL
PARISH UNIT

St. John Brebeuf Parish
 St. Gabriel’s Parish

SPONSORED BY
Bishop Neil E. Willard Memorial

MOST CREATIVE
YOUTH UNIT

Les Titans de Quebec
RCMP

SPONSORED BY
Karnak Temple

BEST COMMERCIAL
FLOAT

Bain Magique /
Bath Fitter

SPONSORED BY
Stephen M. Dowd Memorial

BEST
BAND

Les Eclairs de Quebec
Expos Fest

SPONSORED BY
Brian McKeown Memorial

BEST CULTURAL
COMMUNITY UNIT

Peruvian
Dancers

SPONSORED BY
92.5 The Beat

BEST COLLEGE OR
UNIVERSITY UNIT

Queens University
Bands

SPONSORED BY
Friends of McGill

BEST ANIMAL
ENTRY

Greyhound
Rescue

SPONSORED BY
Mouchie Goodleaf Productions

BEST MUNICIPAL
ENTRY

Pompiers Auxiliares
de Montréal

SPONSORED BY
CJAD

BEST MEDIA
ENTRY

CTV Montreal
TSN 690

SPONSORED BY
National Criminal Investigation Service

BEST OVERALL PARADE ENTRY

Pipes & Drums of the
Black Watch (RHR)

SPONSORED BY
Simon McDonaugh Memorial Trophy