Canada’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party happens in Toronto
TORONTO, March 8, 2023 – It’s Canada’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Party (Guinness SPD) and it’s happening here in Toronto. A record number of green-clad party goers are expected to attend the party, happening on Saturday March 18 at Rebel on Toronto’s waterfront.
The Guinness will be flowing all day and into the night, as guests enjoy live music from Dave Murphy Band and In Living Cover, plus top Toronto DJs will spin some tunes. The all-day celebration, happening from 11:30 a.m. to 8;30 p.m., kicks off with a complimentary pancake breakfast, an all-you-can-eat Lucky Charms Bar. Revelers can enjoy Irish fiddlers, Irish dancers and life-sized beer pong and more. Photo booths will be spread across the expansive 45,000 square-foot venue and outdoor patios.
“We expect 6,000 to 7,000 people to attend this year in what will be a sea of green!” says Peter Palarchio, one of the show event producers. “It’s now been almost 10 years since our group of partners (XL Lifestyle and West of Contra event producers) came together and came up with this idea. Our goal was to create the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in Canada and indeed it is! During university I worked as a bartender at an Irish pub in Waterloo, so this is a great fit for me.”
The first St. Patrick’s Day Party in Toronto happened in 2014 when 4,000 people showed up to celebrate the occasion. “The only time we haven’t run the event was during COVID when we were one of the first events to be cancelled, and then last year, we were one of the first events to be allowed to come back. This event is great for all ages, above age 19, and it starts off with a pancake breakfast with Irish music and dancers, music and games. The main room will feature music all day and there are other rooms to explore such as a hip-hop themed room, a room for quiet relaxation, plus a huge outdoor area along the waterfront with great views of the lake and outdoor games. There will also be Irish food featured at food stations and of course, patrons can purchase a pint of Guinness to toast and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. People really dress up and get into this event.”
Peter says he has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, Australia, Boston, U.S.A. and of course, his hometown of Toronto. “It’s a global event and a celebration of joy,” he says. “In Toronto, it’s about getting together with 7,000 of your closest friends for an entire day of fun and festivities.”
Tickets are available for $22.75 per person at spdcanada.ca—19+ valid ID required. Rebel is located at 11 Polson Street in Toronto. For more information visit spdcanada.ca
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by Laurie Wallace-Lynch
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