St. Patrick’s Day parades are festive family outings

The downtown parade will take place on March 22 and a smaller one will be held in Hudson on March 21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about public health and safety, The United Irish Societies of Montreal has postponed St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 22 until further notice for the health and safety of the public. The organization will keep the public informed of its future plans. 

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 22.

For 197 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 11th 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 21 along Main Rd. beginning at 12 p.m.

For more information, visit hudsonparade.com.