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Montreal goes green for annual St. Patrick's Day parade

Thousands of Montrealers came out to watch the 195th annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Sunday afternoon.

Thousands of people came out to see the 195th annual parade featuring marching bands, dancers

Montrealers came out in full shamrock garb to celebrate the Irish cultural holiday. (Elise Jacob/CBC)

Thousands of Montrealers came out to watch the 195th annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday afternoon.

The parade began at the corner of de Maisonneuve Boulevard and City Councillors Street.

Irish dancers were all smiles during the parade. (Elise Jacob/CBC)

Twenty floats, 25 marching bands and more than 4,000 participants, including Mayor Valérie Plante.

There were also Irish dancers and traditional bagpipers.

Montrealers who have gotten used to watching floats advance along Ste-Catherine Street year after year had to adjust as the parade route was changed from east to west along de Maisonneuve.

The parade moved for the first time in 55 years due to ongoing construction work on Ste-Catherine Street. 

Even the dogs of Montreal celebrated. (Elise Jacob/CBC)

It's one of the oldest and biggest parades in North America, with more than 100 groups that take part.

The CBC Montreal crew was ready to go for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. (Elise Jacob/CBC)

Even the dogs were out in full shamrock garb to enjoy the sunny day.