Montreal's St. Patrick's Parade in pictures
"Forty per cent of Quebecers have Irish roots and we are all Irish today," said Mayor Denis Coderre
The 193rd St. Patrick's Day Parade took place Sunday in downtown Montreal amid a bright and chilly afternoon.
The United Irish Societies of Montreal estimated 500,000 people were at the event.
The parade made its way down Ste. Catherine Street, starting at Fort, and continuing on until Phillips Square.
It's one of the oldest and biggest parades in North America, with more than 100 groups that take part.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre walked with the Irish Ambassador to Canada, Ray Bassett.
Starting off the Montreal SPD with Mayor Coderre. One of the biggest in the world <a href="https://t.co/8OiV6Qv2JX">pic.twitter.com/8OiV6Qv2JX</a>—@ray_basssett
Coderre's maternal grandmother came from Ireland.
During the parade today he said, "Forty per cent of Quebecers have Irish roots and we are all Irish today."
Her name is princess, but her owner says today she's an Irish Princess <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StPatricksDayParade?src=hash">#StPatricksDayParade</a> <a href="https://t.co/DWKCCL0qbK">pic.twitter.com/DWKCCL0qbK</a>—@jbernstien
CBC was there, meeting members of the crowd and giving keepsakes to people along the parade route.
The <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCMontreal">@CBCMontreal</a> crew is all aboard! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StPatricksDayParade?src=hash">#StPatricksDayParade</a> <a href="https://t.co/S8BavSayFF">pic.twitter.com/S8BavSayFF</a>—@mksteutermartin
The United Irish Societies of Montreal (UIS) have been organizing the parade since 1928.
The people that get it done. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MTLStPaddys?src=hash">#MTLStPaddys</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StPatricksDay?src=hash">#StPatricksDay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Montreal?src=hash">#Montreal</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/irish?src=hash">#irish</a> <a href="https://t.co/e3WRfFTX9I">pic.twitter.com/e3WRfFTX9I</a>—@uismtl
The parade itself has been a fixture in Montreal since 1824.
It began in the Old Port and later moved to Ste. Catherine Street.