Canada Day parade details unveiled

Ken O'donnell organized the first Canada Day parade in Montreal

Parade organizers unveiled their plans to celebrate Canada's 147th birthday next Tuesday.

The Canada Day parade will start at 11 AM at the corner of Ste-Catherine St., and Fort St. and will run down Ste-Catherine St. to Philips Square.

Spokesperson Peter Nauth says 80 groups have signed up to participate in the parade and attendance has gone from 5000 to 100 000 in the last five years.

“People started to realise that this was not a political parade.  It’s a celebration of the country we all live in, the country that brings us together and give us the prosperity that every country on earth strives to achieve,” Nauth said.

Cake and free entertainment will be available for the whole family at Philips Square at the end of the parade and for most of the afternoon.

The first Canada Day parade was celebrated in Montreal in 1967.

It started with seven people and a car.  Ken O'donnell, one of the original organizers says every year attendance gets better.

“There’s so much music, singing and dancing, people enjoy that, they want to see all of it and hear all of it, that’s what it’s about,” he said.

Fort St. between Ste-Catherine St. and Réné-Levesque Boul. and Ste-Catherine St. between Fort St. and Philips Square will be closed between 8:30 AM and 2 PM Tuesday.


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