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New Soulanges Irish Society’s St. Patrick’s Queen of 2020

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The Soulanges Irish Society is proud to announce that Emma Gauthier has been named Queen of the 2020 edition of the Soulanges Irish Society’s St. Patrick’s Parade in Hudson.

Gauthier, a 19-year-old resident of Pincourt, is joined by Robin Brodrick, 28, of Notre Dame de Grâce and Chris Walsh, 19, of Pierrefonds, who have been named princesses.

Emma Gauthier, Queen of the 2020 Soulanges Irish Society’s St. Patrick’s Parade in Hudson (centre), is surrounded by her court, princess Christine Walsh (left) and Robin Brodrick (right). Photo: David May, May’s Studio, Hudson.

As Queen of the 11th edition of the parade, Gauthier, a McGill University student, was awarded a prize of two return airline tickets to Dublin from Montreal and a $500 cash award courtesy of the Soulanges Irish Society. All members of the 2020 Court each received prizes from a long list of sponsors, including McKibbin’s Irish Pub, Le Panier in Pointe Claire, Poutinville Vaudreuil, Bar Sportif Biggs Vaudreuil, Samantha With Love and Sous les Oliviers.

Judges evaluate the participants on confidence, public speaking, community involvement and spirit during a gala event at the Auberge Willow Inn in Hudson on Saturday, Feb. 8.

“The Queen and her Court for 2020 will be wonderful ambassadors of the Irish community and be articulate and poised representatives of the Soulanges Irish Society,” said the organization’s president Jay de la Durantaye. “We are lucky to have them and look forward to having them participate in the parade.”

The Queen and her Court will be featured in the Soulanges Irish Society’s St. Patrick’s Parade in Hudson on Saturday, March 21, as well as be guests in the Montreal parade on Sunday, March 22, and the Châteauguay St. Patrick’s parade on March 28.

The next event of the Soulanges Irish Society’s St. Patrick’s season is the traditional Grand Marshal’s Roast & Toast honouring this year’s parade Grand Marshal Mitch Melnick, radio broadcaster with TSN 690. This event is set for Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Whitlock Golf and Country Club, 128 Côte St. Charles, in Hudson. Tickets are $65. For reservations, call 450-458-5305.

In addition, The Irishman of the Year Gala honouring long-time community volunteer Ken Doran is Saturday, March 14, at the Whitlock Golf and Country Club. For reservations for this event, call 450-458-5305. Tickets are $45.

For more information about the parade or to become a member of the Soulanges Irish Society, please go to soulangesirishsociety.ca

About the Soulanges Irish Society:  The Soulanges Irish Society is a newly incorporated non-profit group that organizes the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Hudson along with all its related events. A membership-based group, it was founded in 2019. Its aim is very simple, but its vision is grand – to celebrate the Irish spirit in the greater Vaudreuil-Soulanges area by bringing all who live in this region together.

Feature image: Emma Gauthier, Queen of the 2020 Soulanges Irish Society’s St. Patrick’s Parade in Hudson (centre), is surrounded by her court, princess Christine Walsh (left) and Robin Brodrick (right). Photo: David May, May’s Studio, Hudson.

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