Montreal celebrates 191st St. Patrick's Day parade Sunday

Montreal’s 191st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will inch its way down downtown Montreal’s main drag this Sunday.

Mayor Denis Coderre says City Hall will be lit up in green for the occasion

Thousands of people come out to the annual Montreal St. Patrick's Day parade every year. (Graham Hughes/CP)

Montreal’s 191st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will inch its way down downtown Montreal’s main drag this Sunday.

The parade will start at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Fort streets at noon on Sunday, March 16, and end at Phillips Square at 4 p.m.

Organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal as a way to highlight Irish people’s contribution to Montreal’s history, the parade will feature 18 floats, 16 marching bands, 130 groups and 2,500 people.

The City of Montreal will contribute $25,000 to the popular event, and City Hall will be lit up in green until March 17 for the occasion.

On Tuesday, organizers announced a partnership with Éduc'alcool to produce a St. Patrick’s Day survival guide that promotes responsible drinking.

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      With files from CBC News