Montreal, Québec's St. Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1824 and is the longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parade in Canada. St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France.. For a complete history of the parade, click here.
Montreal's annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is still up in the air.
As of late February the Montreal St. Patrick's Day parade organizers say: “PENDING: THE 2022 PARADE IS CURRENTLY UNDER DISCUSSION WITH THE CITY OF MONTREAL AND SANTÉ PUBLIQUE DU QUEBEC DUE TO THE CHANGING COVID SITUATION IN QUEBEC - WE CANNOT CONFIRM THE PARADE YET - STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS / EN RAISON DE L'ÉVOLUTION DE LA SITUATION DU COVID AU QUÉBEC, NOUS NE POUVONS PAS ENCORE CONFIRMER LE DÉFILÉ - RESTEZ À L'ÉCOUTE POUR PLUS DE DÉTAILS.”
If it is held in 2022, it should be on Saturday, March 12, 2022. See their website for current info. from 12 pm to 1:30 pm EST
The Parade will travel
If you want an interactive Google map, so you can get directions to some point along the parade route, click here!
The parade now includes representatives from Montreal's Irish groups including:
attracts individuals and groups from around the city and the South including clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, children, dancers, drill teams, and more. All groups are encouraged to participate as long as their unit is appropriate for a “family” event. The emphasis is on children and families in celebration of all of Montreal’s diverse backgrounds on a day when “everybody is Irish.”
If it is a cold day, bring a warm hat, warm gloves, and warm shoes. For a sunny day, you’ll want to bring sunglasses, suntan lotion, and a hat. The parade goes on rain, shine or snow.
The subway is a great way to get in and out to see the parade.
View a full list of street and lane closings here .
If you want more information, such as to participate in the parade or become a sponsor, see the parade's official website here...
Photo credit: St. Patrick's Day Parade Montreal 2007. Author Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose from Montreal, Canada