Our first Saint Patrick's Day parade won't be as big as Montreal's (pictured above), but Irish eyes will still be smiling. (Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)
We hate to say it, but Kermit was wrong. It's easy being green!
This weekend will be the inaugural St. Patrick's Day Parade in Winnipeg. The parade starts in front of the Golden Boy at noon on Saturday, March 17. Green clad revelers will follow the rainbow through downtown's sidewalks before ending up at Shannon's Irish Pub. The whole family is invited to take part in the shenanigans, so get going on your paper-mache leprechaun.
Catriona Young and Margaret Gannon, whose clan emigrated from Ireland in 1957, are organizing the parade. They felt it was about time Winnipeg got proper with St. Paddy.
Who knows, in a couple years maybe the city will get as green as Montreal, who've been parading for St. Patrick since 1824. Or maybe Boston, whose annual parade attracts upwards of half a million spectators.
And if you are looking for an authentic way to continue the celebrations (aside from Jameson and Guinness) into the night then the Prairie Ink Cafe at McNally Robinson Booksellers has you covered. The Hammers, who just spent the past year playing in Ireland, will team up with fiddler Cathy Rayner to bring you the real deal in authentic Irish entertainment.