March 19, 2017 10:50 am
Updated: March 19, 2017 6:22 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends Montreal’s iconic St. Patrick’s Day parade

WATCH: Montreal awash in sea of green for annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.


Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day parade hardly needs an introduction. After all, it’s been a Montreal mainstay for 194 years.

It’s not only the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in North America, it’s also touted as one of the biggest.

The grand affair, organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal, kicked off at noon, at the corner of Fort and Ste-Catherine streets.

Heading the parade was Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who was chosen as this year’s Grand Marshall.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made an appearance.

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The procession featured 20 floats and hundreds of groups representing the different Montreal communities.

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In this hockey-crazy town, a parade wouldn’t be complete without some fabulous hockey players marching along.

The Clarkson Cup champions Montreal Canadiennes women’s hockey team took part in the festivities, as did a special group of young hockey players from Ireland.

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The youth make up a team called the Flying Ducks and were invited to take part in the parade to highlight the need for better training facilities in the Republic of Ireland.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 Montreal St. Patrick’s Day parade

Some 750, 000 people were expected to gather in downtown Montreal to take in the show.

If you’ve never seen the sea of floats amble by, this Sunday might have been the perfect day to take it all in with Environment Canada predicting a balmy 2 C.

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