While Pierrefonds Borough has cancelled their 2018 Canada Day Parade or Défilé de la Fête du Canada in French, because of the dangerously high temperatures forecasted for the city this weekend, others are still on as scheduled. You can enjoy parties and festivities all day long in Old Montreal.
The 41st annual Montreal Canada Day Parade, according to Nick Cowen, president of this event, is scheduled to start at the main downtown street, Ste. Catherine (corner Fort) at 11 AM and finish at Place du Canada, on Peel St. close to René-Lévesque Blvd. around 2 PM.
What to Expect at the Montreal Canada Day Parade and Festivities
The family-friendly event honors our great country, celebrating diversity – one of Canada’s strengths. The festival will include many communities that make up Montreal and Canada, each one showing off its colors!
There are lots of free activities, too. There’s face painting and caricatures for the kids, live shows for everyone, and more.
There’s even a FREE giant Canada Day cake! The birthday cake measures a whopping 4 FEET by 8 FEET! It can feed about 2,500 people.
Water is also free.
This year, the Canada Day Parade in Montreal will also feature a Miss Island of Montreal, perfect for Canada’s 151st birthday.
Over 6,000 participants will march on Sunday, July 1 at the parade, representing the cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of our city, our province, and our country.
History of the Montreal Canada Day Parade
The Montreal Canada Day Parade dates back to 1977, with its chief promoter, Dr. Roopnarine Singh. Thanks to Dr. Singh and the many dedicated volunteers, the Canada Day Parade in Montreal is one of the most popular events in the city.
Canada Day at the Old Port of Montreal
When the parades have wrapped up, and later in the evening, make your way down to the Old Port to take in some really impressive fireworks to end Canada’s 151st birthday celebration with a bang. The fireworks at the Clock Tower begin at 8:30 PM and go on until 10 PM.