St. Patrick's Day parades in Toronto, Montreal draw hundreds for annual celebration

TORONTO — St. Patrick's Day festivities are ramping up across Canada, including two major parades in Montreal and Toronto.

Seas of green filled downtown streets in both cities as hundreds of marchers turned out for the annual celebration of Ireland's patron saint and Irish culture.

While the St. Patrick's Day holiday falls on March 17th, major celebrations in many locales shifted to other days this year.

The United States' largest St. Patrick's Day parades, including one in New York City, took place on Saturday.

The march through Manhattan dates to 1762 and is one of the world’s largest Irish heritage festivities.

In Canada, meanwhile, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador will mark the occasion on Monday with a public holiday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 17, 2024

The Canadian Press