Saint Patrick’s Day is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick , one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.

The 185th Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to begin 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the corner of Fort and Ste. Catherine and proceeding along the main thoroughfare until St. Urbain. Attendees can expect the particularly jovial and animated parade to last about two hours.

The longest-running Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Canada occurs each year in Montreal, Quebec. The parades have been held in continuity since 1824; however, St. Patrick’s Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France.

And it makes it the perfect opportunity to head to your local irish Pub to try some Irish Grub. How about a little Irish Lamb Stew with the green beer? Or perhaps a serving of Glazed Corned Beef with a side order of Dublin Coddle? Or even better prepare a batch of  Leprechaun Footprints to eat with your Irish Coffee as you watch the parade go by.

Leprechaun Footprints

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine, melted
1 beaten egg
1 1/4 cups skim milk
1/4 cup finely chopped pecan
vegetable oil spray

Combine flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Add margarine, egg, and milk and stir with a fork until moistened. Stir in pecans. Drop batter in peanut shapes onto a hot griddle with sprayed with vegetable oil spray. Carefully drop five small dots of batter at one end to make toes (use a turkey baster if desired). Cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve with maple or berry syrup, fruit puree, or jam.

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