The Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a celebration of Spring in Montreal.
Montrealers of all origins gladly wear green on that day! It’s not quite yet Spring but… It’s close enough for Montrealers! It’s simply a good reason to go out and socialize.
The Montreal parade is the longest running St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Canada. It was long taught to be the longest running one in North America as well. But… Apparently, New York has that title with a St. Patrick’s Day parade running uninterrupted since 1762. In Montreal, the green parade started on March 17, 1824 and has been organized, since 1928, by the current United Irish Societies of Montreal.
For logistical and societal reasons, it is not always held on March 17 which is the official St. Patrick’s Day. In Montreal, the parade is normally held on the Sunday closest to March 17. And although we’re talking about a “celebration of Spring”, the parade runs even if Montreal faces a late snow storm on that day.
For the last 8 years or so, your Montreal Scuba Diving - Total Diving Team has been participating in this parade.
See what 2012 looked like:
- A series of videos about the Montreal St. Patrick Parade on YouTube
- A series of pictures of the Montreal St. Patrick Parade on Facebook
See you next Spring! Meanwhile, have a great scuba diving season in Eastern Canada.
Total Diving. Montreal Scuba Diving. Even on a busy street downtown Montreal!