Hudson celebrates its Irish heritage with St. Patrick's Day festivities
Hundreds showed up and braved the chilly weather to watch the 9th annual parade
The Irish spirit is alive and well in Hudson where the ninth annual St. Patrick's Day parade marched through the streets, Saturday afternoon.
Hundreds of people gathered on Main Street during the chilly, but sunny day.
Mary McGuinness, who is Irish and lives in nearby Saint-Lazare, said she loves the parade and comes every year with her family.
"I'm from Ireland, so I try to share my traditions with my kids," McGuinness said. "I get to celebrate my day, here, while I'm still living in Canada."
The family-friendly event showed off a procession of bagpipers, Irish dancers, firetrucks and even some dressed-up dogs.
Many attendees said they came from communities neighbouring Hudson — like Saint-Lazare and Vaudreuil.
Some said they were attending because they didn't want to fight with traffic downtown to attend Sunday's parade on de Maisonneuve Boulevard.
With files from Verity Stevenson