This Sunday at noon, some 50,000 people are expected to gather in the downtown core for the 195th St. Patrick’s Day parade, organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal (UISM).
It’s one of the longest running parades in North America, and one of the biggest.
Parade director Patty McCann said one of the reasons the event draws such a crowd is because it embraces Montreal’s multicultural heritage.
“I just think it’s so inclusive … this year we have the Jamaican association coming in, last year we had people from Peru, so it’s a multicultural parade,” she said. “I love the fact that everyone just thinks the Irish parade is one of Montreal’s greatest events.”
Despite being steeped in tradition, there will be a major change this year.