Prime Minister Trudeau celebrates Greek Independence Day at Montreal parade

It was a day of tradition and cheer in Montreal's Greek community as revelers young and old, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came out the celebrate at the annual Independence Day parade. Global's Brayden Jagger Haines reports.

The Greek flags were waving as the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal (HCGM) celebrated Greek Independence Day with its annual parade.

The Montreal tradition dates back more than 40 years, and was expected to bring out over 30,000 spectators.

The globe-trotting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes it a point to attend the annual event in his riding of Papineau, a seat he has held since 2008. Trudeau was honoured as grand marshal of the festivities in 2017.

This year, that honour was bestowed upon Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau opens Greek Independence Day parade in Montreal

The parade began at 1 p.m. on Sunday, making its way along Jean-Talon Street, in Montreal’s Parc-Extension neighbourhood.

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HCGM schools, Greek associations and cultural communities were part of the 73 groups and floats partaking in the festivities.

WATCH: Celebrating Greek Independence Day with Greek pastries

Celebrating Greek Independence Day with pastries
Celebrating Greek Independence Day with pastries
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