Everything you need to know about Montreal's St. Patrick's Day parade

Everything you need to know about Montreal's St. Patrick's Day parade

Montreal's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, one of the oldest and largest in North America, got underway at noon.

Organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal, the 194th edition of the parade will feature more than 20 floats and several marching bands.

Here's what you need to know.

Where is it?

The procession begins at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Fort streets and run east to Phillips Square. 

René Lévesque Boulevard will serve as a staging area between Peel and Fort.

Tap here for a zoomable map.

Who will be there?

Once again, Mayor Denis Coderre will be the parade's Grand Marshal, showing off his Irish heritage in style. Coderre has Irish roots stemming from his maternal grandmother's side.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also scheduled to attend.

Organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal, this year's parade features more than 20 floats and several marching bands.

A group of young hockey players visiting from Ireland, profiled here, are also taking part.

The CBC crew is marching in the parade again this year.

A full list of participants can be found here. An estimated half-a-million people are estimated to have attended last year's parade.

How's the weather looking?

Environment Canada is calling for sunny skies and a high of 2 degrees, relatively balmy compared to the blizzard that slammed Montreal earlier this week.