St. Patrick’s Day parades are festive family outings

The downtown parade will take place on March 17 and a smaller one will be held in Hudson on March 16



Photo credit: United Irish Socities

Once again, Montrealers will take to downtown streets with green face paint and joyous Irish spirit. People of all ages and backgrounds will line the streets and celebrate everything Irish for the city’s famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17.  

For 196 years, Montreal has celebrated its rich Irish community and heritage with festivities and a parade that has never been cancelled or skipped – despite freezing temperatures, snowstorms or construction.

The parade will begin at noon at the corner of Fort and Ste. Catherine Sts. and end at Metcalfe st. (a bit shorter route than previous years because of construction). The parade usually lasts between two and three hours.

There will be more than 4,000 parade participants, including 20 floats and 25 marching bands.

For more information, visit montrealirishparade.com.

Other festivities include Hudson’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is a good option for parents with very young children as it is a scaled down version of the downtown event. It will be held on Saturday, March 16 along Main Rd. beginning at 1 p.m.

As part of the 10 year celebratory event, Hudson is hosting additional events, including the first Irishwoman of the Year Gala on Saturday, March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Whitlock Golf & Country Club.

For more information, visit hudsonparade.com

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