Montreal’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade returns to its roots for 2019

Click to play video: 'Queen and court selected for Saint Patrick’s parade'
Queen and court selected for Saint Patrick’s parade
The Queen and her court have been chosen for this year's Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Meet them here first, when Global's Kim Sullivan sits down with them to talk about the upcoming event – Feb 4, 2019

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is returning to its roots when it takes over downtown Montreal this weekend.

The festivities are back on Ste-Catherine Street this Sunday after the event was forced to change routes one block north last year. In 2018, the parade made its way along De Maisonneuve Boulevard due to ongoing construction.

READ MORE: Queen and her court selected for Montreal’s 196th St. Patrick’s Day parade

The 196th parade will kick off at noon on Sunday at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Fort streets, but the route is shorter than in previous years. It will wrap up at Metcalfe Street near Dorchester Square.

As part of the celebrations, more than 100 groups and a total of 15 floats are expected to participate. This includes 17 bands from Quebec and Ontario.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Money for Chateauguay St. Patrick’s Day parade allegedly stolen, organizers say

Those who plan to attend the festivities are encouraged to plan their trip in advance. Organizers say it’s best to opt for public transit if possible.

Several roads in the downtown core will be closed to traffic during the day. Montreal police will be on hand to help drivers navigate the detours.

WATCH BELOW: Big turnout for Montreal’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day parade

Click to play video: 'Big turnout for Montreal’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day parade'
Big turnout for Montreal’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day parade

Police are asking that spectators and participants be careful, maintain civil behaviour and treat city property with respect.

They are also reminding people that the consumption of alcohol on public roads is prohibited and to only get behind the wheel if they are sober.

Story continues below advertisement

— With files from Global’s Phil Carpenter

Sponsored content