Montreal, March 18
The street’s were lined with every shade of green yesterday, as Montrealer’s came out to celebrate the 196th edition of the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Despite the frigid temperatures, and a shortened path because of road work on St Catherine, around two hundred thousand spectators took part in the festivities.
Starting at noon at Fort Street and ending around Dorchester, just over 2000 participants made things run smoothly. It was a smaller parade this year with limited amounts of designated space on Rene-Levesque to set it all in motion.
Many famous and familiar faces from our radio stations, news broadcasters and colleges were amongst those on the floats. A tradition that most would not miss if asked to take part. Whether it was your first time going or your fiftieth time, there was a great sense of community and merriment for all.
There was also no shortage of Irish music, including tracks by The Real McKenzies played by the Pincourt fire brigade, and party vibes keeping everyone moving to help keep us as warm as possible. Even dogs were all dressed for the occasion in coats and booties, representing Montreal’s spca. The most comical float this year was Bath fitters, having their mascot and others wearing bathtub costumes.
With it being the one day that Montreal’s can technically drink in the streets , the police presence was on a high making sure everyone was safely enjoying themselves. Many of the gathered spectators enjoyed cold beers as the parade strode by, and not a police officer showed any interest at all at the celebrations. Before the parade was finished you could spot the lines forming at every bar in sight, as people wanted to continue the celebration throughout the day.
Written by Samantha Morris
Photography by Kieron Yates