A circus performer jumps high above the heads of the crowd as he dashes down Ste-Catherine St. during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Montreal on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette
After a year going in the reverse direction from usual on a different street (de Maisonneuve Blvd.), the St. Patrick’s Parade is returning to Ste-Catherine St. this year, the United Irish Societies of Montreal announced on Monday. But because of construction, the route will be shorter — 1.2 kilometres long instead of the 1.7 kilometres it was when it ended at Phillips Square or the 2.1 kilometres when it ended at St-Urbain St.The parade on Sunday, March 17 will start as usual at Ste-Catherine and Fort Sts. at noon, and go east. The end of the parade will be at Metcalfe St., just east of the official reviewing stand at Peel St.In addition to Ste-Catherine St., parts of Fort, Metcalfe, de la Cathédrale and Peel Sts. will be closed to leave space for setting up and tearing down parade floats. René-Lévesque Blvd. westbound will also be closed to traffic the morning of March 17 between de la Montagne St. and Fort St. for setup.