START THE FESTIVITIES
On March 16, don some green attire and brace yourself for an encounter with a leprechaun or two at the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This family-friendly affair kicks off at noon at Bloor Street West and St. George Street, then marches down Yonge Street to Queen, ending up at Nathan Phillips Square.
THE OLD ‘HOOD
Upon their arrival in the 1840s, many new immigrants from the Emerald Isle settled in an area that came to be known as Cabbagetown—so named for the rows of leafy greens that residents would plant in their yards. Today, affluent, professional Torontonians inhabit the neighbourhood’s Victorian-era homes, and frequent its bakeries, cafés and welcoming restaurants.
Wash down traditional fare like beef cottage pie or lamb stew with a pint of Guiness or Kilkenny—accompanied by your best Celtic compatriots, of course—at the Irish Embassy. Other pubs that are sure to get into the St. Patty’s spirit include The Roy in Leslieville and the Old Town favourite P.J. O’Brien, with its eye-catching yellow and blue facade. —Linda Luong