When and where is the Montreal Canada Day Parade
Montreal Canada Day Parade – The traditional Canada Day Parade (Défilé de la Fête du Canada, in French) scheduled for this Sunday, July 1, is now in its 41 years and as the organizers stated during a press conference this Tuesday, it is expected to be the largest ever. Around 6,000 participants are projected to march on Sunday; they are coming from all neighbourhoods on the Island of Montreal, as well as from Laval and the South Shore. As usual, the marchers will also be representative of the cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the country and the province. An advance tasting of that diverse character was presented at the press conference courtesy of a group of Filipino dancers (people from the Filipino, the Chinese, the Eastern European, and the Caribbean communities are usually among those that contribute the largest number of participants in the parade). We also had the opportunity to enjoy the talented voices of a soloist and those of the Brasileiras, a quartet that delivered a fine selection of songs from that South American country.
Nick Cowen, the Canada Day Parade President announced that this year participants, INCA (Montreal Institute for the Blind), Greek community, Roumanians, Turkey, and also, just a few days ago…Miss Island of Montreal would also be added. The Canada Day Parade –he announced– will start at 11 a.m. at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Fort and then will move to Peel St. to finish at the Place du Canada (Peel between René Levesque and de la Gauchetière St.); this has been the long-time route of the Parade, however, given the works to take place next year on Ste. Catherine St., Cowen pointed at likely changes in its course for 2019. A huge birthday cake to celebrate the 151st anniversary of the country will be awaiting those who make it all the way from beginning to end. There will also be some activities for children, like face painting and caricature drawing.
Caroline Polcsak, Executive Director, introduced the 2018 Grand Marshall, John Nelson, a distinguished Korean War veteran. During the press conference, a special distinction was also awarded to Dominique Zito, the Parade’s lawyer, long-time associate to this event.
The Montreal Canada Day Parade is a traditional event to celebrate the country’s birthday that started in 1977 at the initiative of Dr. Roopnarine Singh, who with the help of dedicated volunteers launched the idea, and was its chief promoter for decades. The Parade is now the most popular of the events marking Canada Day (there are also others in various towns and boroughs on the island and the South Shore, and of course the big party taking place at the Old Port starting at 8:30 p.m. and culminating with a great fireworks display at 10 p.m.)
Canada Day Parade
Sunday July 1, 2018
Starts: 11:00 A.M. at Fort and Ste. Catherine