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10 fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day in Montréal

[Updated March 14, 2016] No matter what the weather, Montréal brings on spring with the biggest parade of the year – some would claim our St. Patrick’s Day parade is the third biggest in the world, but we’ll stick with tried‑and‑true facts and figures on what makes Montréal’s St. Patrick’s Day so great. 1. The Montréal St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the longest-running of its kind in Canada – uninterrupted since 1824! The parade was actually cancelled in 1918 for various reasons, some ascribed to controversies over WWI conscription, but Montrealers defied the city’s orders and paraded nonetheless. 2. During the three-hour parade, hundreds of floats, marching bands, performers and revellers march along Sainte-Catherine Street on the first Sunday after March 17 (that’s March 20 in 2016). General attendance runs anywhere from 250,000 to 700,000, depending on the weather, which can range from sun-spangled t-shirt weather to unexpected winter wonderland. 3. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Montréal was held in 1759 by the Irish soldiers of the Montréal Garrison, three years before the start of New York’s famed parade. 4. The first Irish person arrived in Canada in approximately 1661: Tadhg Cornelius O’Brennan came to Montréal in a wave of Irish… / Read More →


Montreal’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations take it up a notch this year as the annual parade and general shenanigans happen to coincide with the real St-Pats this Sunday, March 17. Get in on the excitement – some of it family friendly, some of it less so – starting with the parade at noon on Sainte-Catherine Street at Fort and raucously moving east to Philips Square over the next three hours…