The City of Montreal will today mark the 375th anniversary of its founding as a French colony, with the ringing of church bells and a day of events capped by the lighting of the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
At 8 a.m. today, residents are invited to assemble outside city hall on Rue Notre-Dame to attend the Maisonneuve Regiment’s parade that will head to the Notre Dame Basilica. The mayor of Montreal and the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Quebec will be in attendance.
At 8:45 a.m. in front of the Basilica, the original bell from St. Joseph’s Oratory will be joined by the ringing of churches bells around the city to mark the arrival of French missionaries and settlers led by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve on the island of Montreal May 17, 1642.
At 9 a.m., residents can attend a heritage anniversary mass, which will be attended by the mayor of Montréal, the prime minister of Canada and premier of Quebec will be in attendance, representatives of different religious faiths and representatives of the First Nations.
At 10:30 a.m., at Place d’Armes, Montreal’s founders, Jeanne-Mance and Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, will be honoured.
In the evening, beginning at 9:45 p.m., Living Connections: A Lighted Work for the Jacques Cartier Bridge, will be unveiled.
The Montreal Gazette ran an interesting article yesterday about the history of Montreal that began thousands of years before the French arrived.
Joyeux anniversaire, Montréal ! Happy birthday!