New route for Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Ongoing construction downtown Montreal means parade goers will be watching the bands and floats from a different vista this year

Thousands of Montrealers will head out to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 18, but this year, they will be watching from different vistas. A new route was recently announced because of extensive roadwork on Ste. Catherine St. The parade will start at de Maisonneuve Blvd. and City Councillors St., proceed west along de Maisonneuve Blvd., turn south on Mackay St. and end at René-Lévesque Blvd.

People of every age and background will line the sidewalks to observe the various floats, marching bands, and dancers during the two- to three-hour event that begins at noon.

The Irish community has been an integral and vital part of the city’s history and growth and the parade gives everyone a chance to celebrate. Organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal, this is the 195th St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Public transportation is recommended as it is very difficult to find parking. Also, make sure to check the forecast, parades are more enjoyable when little ones are dressed appropriately as they are standing around for an extended period of time.

The wearing of everything green — boas, crazy hats, sweatshirts or even face paint — is welcome and encouraged. In fact, seeing the elaborate make up and outfits puts a smile on people’s faces as they make their way to the festivities. 

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