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Montreal Families

St. Patrick’s Day parade is back for 2022

Montreal’s popular St. Patrick’s Day parade is back on after a two-year absence due to COVID-19.

Officials from the United Irish Societies of Montreal — the event’s organizer since 1929 — confirmed plans on Monday to bring back the city’s beloved parade, an annual tradition that started in 1824. This year’s parade will take place on Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m. and feature a longer route than usual, though the parade itself will be slightly downsized.

“It has been a challenge to envision what a parade will look like moving forward,” explained Kevin Tracey with The United Irish Societies of Montreal. “Normally, we have three to four months to prepare, but now we have only three weeks. We will be smaller this year, but we will have twice the excitement and enthusiasm.”

This year’s version of the parade won’t have floats, and roughly 500 participants will attend compared with previous years’ 3,000 to 4,000. Spectators can view bands and wave to members of the Irish community as the procession winds from Lambert-Closse and along Ste. Catherine St., turning at Philip’s Square to St. Patrick’s Basilica. “There will be some bands and other things that will be fun for the kids,” Tracey said.

Parade-goers are encouraged to maintain physical distancing measures and spread out along the route. “At this time, the health and safety of the Montreal community are still our greatest priority,” Tracey said. The United Irish Societies of Montreal notes that Health Ministry officials reserve the right to cancel the event if the situation changes before the parade date.

For up-to-date info, follow the United Irish Societies of Montreal facebook page, Twitter account (@uismtl), and its website.

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