The day when
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Montreal hosts the oldest St. Patrick‘s Day parade in North America

Photography by James St Laurent

irish leprechaunThe ever-popular Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place at noon Sunday, March 20 in downtown Montreal under sunny skies. The parade started off at the corner of Fort and Ste. Catherine streets, making its way east along Ste. Catherine Street and ending at Phillips Square.

This was the 193rd parade to wind its way through the streets of Montreal, the oldest St. Paddy’s Day parades in North America. With over one hundred groups having taken part in this year’s event, it’s also one of the biggest parades on the continent.

There was no shortage of green, from flags and balloons, to costumes and even beer, as thousands of people came out to celebrate. The parade attracts just about everyone — young and old, families, couples and singles, people of all ethnicities — we’re all Irish for a few hours!

james st laurent photographer

James St Laurent My work is all about the idea – to communicate through images that convey an emotive context and engage the viewer by presenting a visual paradox. Different types of subjects and genres require different approaches, but the end result is still a compelling image that captures your attention. Despite having had a camera early on, I found myself in a career as a stage set and lighting designer, then accidentally stumbled and fell back into photography. Since then I have shot a variety of genres, ranging from fashion to travel to portraits to concerts, and exhibited in galleries in both group and solo shows. There are photographs everywhere – the problem is to find the interesting images or those that no one else sees. The obvious is easy– the unique takes a little more time.

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