Project 365 – Day 78: Saint Patrick’s day parade

March 18 2012

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759, by Irish soldiers of the Montreal Garrison. In 1817, the beginning of the Irish community here, the observance of St. Patrick’s day was marked by special dinners and the celebration of religious services.

Montreal is North America’s oldest St. Patrick’s parade, having run consecutively since 1824. This year (the 188th) was a record in terms of temperature, with it being 20 degrees which helped bolster the crowd of spectators along the route down Sainte-Catherine street from the corner of Fort to Phillips Square. The parade route was shorter than normal this year due to construction – anyone living or visiting Montreal knows the construction woes in Montreal these days.

Dog in green

Dog in green

I was a bit late getting down to the parade and by the time I reached Ste Catherine, the crowd was already many person’s deep in places. I managed however to find a less crowded spot on Aylmer street where the parade finished and some of the parade participants were routed to their waiting buses. I was actually more interested in grabbing shots of the crowd rather than the actual parade though, so wasn’t too bothered that I missed the majority of floats.

I was able to catch some of the participants though.

Canadian Mounties

Canadian Mounties

Canadian Mounties

Canadian Mounties

Piper in red

Piper in red

Bagpipe player

Bagpipe player

The hat suits you sir

The hat suits you sir

A Leopard among squares

A Leopard among squares

Drummer boy

Drummer boy

Seems from the above pictures that all the parade participants were in red, but actually there was a lot of Irish green (among other colors).

The crowd of spectators though were generally sporting green.

Blending into the background

Blending into the background

I'm happy....really

I'm happy....really

Dressed for St Paddy's

Dressed for St Paddy's

A mini Irish chewbacca

A mini Irish chewbacca

Family in green

Family in green

Fold and fold again

Fold and fold again

3 young Irish lads

3 young Irish lads

hmmm...taking her own Facebook profile pic perhaps

hmmm...taking her own Facebook profile pic perhaps

Best way to get a view of St Patrick's parade

Best way to get a view of St Patrick's parade

Sharing a joke

Sharing a joke

The foil helps keep the beer cool

The foil helps keep the beer cool

If you took shots of a Saint Patrick’s parade for your blog, feel free to add a link to your blog in the comments below.

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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