Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2012 The 188th Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the corner of Fort and Ste. Catherine and will proceed along the main thoroughfare until the corner of Phillips Square and Ste. Catherine, where the parade concludes, shortened by five blocks since 2010, when construction prevented the procession from reaching St. Urbain. Consult this map for route details.
St. Paddy’s Parade on Ste. Catherine Street Held on March 17 or (usually) on the Sunday closest to the day Ireland’s patron saint is traditionally honored, Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade used to proceed along Notre-Dame Street in Old Montreal, but blocks away from the community’s historical home turf, Griffintown. But downtown’s commercial artery, Ste. Catherine Street, is the place to be to catch the parade in modern times.
St. Paddy’s in Montreal: A Wee History The oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Canada, the Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been held every single year since 1824, and no circumstance, from snowstorms to wartime to economic depression, has stopped the parade from marching on. Historian Don Pidgeon claims Montreal has been celebrating St. Paddy’s Day decades earlier than that, just not in a parade format, since at least 1759, the year of the Conquest.