Prime Minister Trudeau celebrates Greek Independence Day at Montreal parade
The Greek flags were waving as the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal (HCGM) celebrated Greek Independence Day with its annual parade.
The Montreal tradition dates back more than 40 years, and was expected to bring out over 30,000 spectators.
The globe-trotting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes it a point to attend the annual event in his riding of Papineau, a seat he has held since 2008. Trudeau was honoured as grand marshal of the festivities in 2017.
This year, that honour was bestowed upon Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao.
The parade began at 1 p.m. on Sunday, making its way along Jean-Talon Street, in Montreal’s Parc-Extension neighbourhood.
HCGM schools, Greek associations and cultural communities were part of the 73 groups and floats partaking in the festivities.