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135th St Patrick's Day parade in Richmond

richmond irish.jpgThe St.Patrick's Day parade in Montreal is the oldest and largest in the province but the small town of Richmond in the Eastern Townships has been holding its own parade about as long as the local St Patrick's Society has existed: 135 years.

There are just over 3,000 people living there and 400 of them are card-carrying members of the St Patrick's Society. The Celtic cross in the downtown park is another indication of the town's attachment to its roots. Mark O'Donnell is the current president of the Richmond St.Patrick's Society, like his father before him. Peter Southam is writing a history of the Irish population of the Richmond area. He's also a retired history professor. They spoke with Sonali Karnick about the parade and the town's Irish roots.


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