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If all goes as planned, Saturday’s Canada Day parade in Montreal will be a special one.
The parade is to begin at Ste-Catherine and Fort Sts. at 11 a.m., marking not just an annual tradition, but also the start of a day of celebrations tied to Canada’s 150th birthday and Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
The parade proceeds eastward along Ste-Catherine until Peel St., then turns south toward René-Levesque Blvd. and concludes between 1:30 and 2 p.m. at Place du Canada. Festivities there include a giant cake, inflatable toys and activities for kids.
Other Canada Day events were scheduled in and around Montreal. However, at last one municipality postposed its festivities due to weather. Environment Canada is forecasting rain showers and thunderstorms beginning Saturday afternoon. The rain is expected to continue into the evening, so best to check before you head out:
2,000 portions of another Canada Day cake will be served in the Old Port. If that sounds like a lot of calories, know that 20-minute dance sessions are scheduled between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The jazz fest’s “Discothèque” concert starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Place des Festivals. The show will pay tribute to Canadian dance music and feature stars such as Carly Rae Jepsen and Radio Radio.
The fireworks display at La Ronde begins at 10 p.m. and lasts about 30 minutes. The kickoff of with the International des Feux Loto-Québec can be viewed from the Old Port, Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Notre-Dame St. as well as a great many rooftops, windows and balconies.
Cirque Éloize stages a free performance in N.D.G.’s Kent Park in conjunction with Montreal 375.
A planned military parade from the Old Port to City Hall has been called off for meteorological reasons. Other outdoor events with military involvement, such as the raising of the Canadian flag and the playing of the national anthem will continue as planned, said Captain Pierre Leblanc, the public affairs officer of the 34 Canadian Brigade Group.
Pointe-Claire’s planned activities at Alexandre-Bourgeau Park and Stewart Park (including with zip lines, inflatable games and an obstacle course) have been postponed to July 2, and the parade in Pointe-Claire village has been cancelled.
The city of Côte-St-Luc is also postponing their festivities until July 2. Residents will then be able to enjoy the opening of the city’s Shalom Bloom sculpture garden, the induction of retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire onto the Human Rights Walkway and a firework and laser show in the evening.
Environment Canada is predicting a mix of sun and clouds on Sunday, albeit with a 60 per cent chance of rain.
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