After a two-year absence due to pandemic restrictions, an annual rite of spring returns to Hudson this month. The Soulanges Irish Society, organizers of Hudson’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, are putting the final touches on preparations for this year’s celebration. While there won’t be a full-scale parade, some of the most beloved traditions are returning with renewed excitement for 2022, with a week’s worth of events planned at various locations in Hudson and the West Island.
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, the Soulanges Irish Society (SIS) will be hosting an Irish Mingle at McKibbin’s Irish Pub in Vaudreuil. Come and kick off the celebrations with music from the band Mariners’ Curse and performances by the sprightly dancers from the Costello School of Irish Dance.
Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 will see SIS executives and dignitaries touring area pubs. On March 18, two Irish breakfasts will be served in support of local charities. Enjoy the delicious fare at McKibbin’s West Island in Complexe Pointe-Claire, where from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. you can dine and support the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence. Or, head over to McKibbin’s in Vaudreuil for breakfast between the same hours. Proceeds from the Vaudrueuil location will be going to Dans la Rue.
If you’ve saved up some room (and you should!), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jim Beauchamp and his staff at Cunningham’s Pub in Sainte-Anne de Bellevue will be hosting an Irish Luncheon with proceeds going to the CMB Foundation, which works with and supports adolescents dealing with cancer. Irish entertainment will be on hand at all three events.
The big event takes place on Saturday, March 19, with day-long festivities for the whole family. A traditional Irish walk along Hudson’s Main Street (from Oakland to the Community Centre) will start at 1 p.m. Snag a spot to enjoy bagpipes, drum corps and Irish dancers. The Shriners will also be taking part with clowns and their joyful mini cars, and a 50-piece Navy Band will close it all out. Face painters will be on hand to decorate little ones’ cheeks and the festivities keep going throughout the day with specials on food and drinks at establishments of the Hudson Hospitality Association, who will keep their doors open to welcome everyone.