For those people who do not attend the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, the only way to really get a taste of it is to watch local television or newspaper reports. It has been years since we have been able to see extensive TV coverage and that was on cable.
Louis Douville, vice-president and general manager of CTV Montreal, has confirmed to me that subscribers of Bell's Fibe TV will be able to see a complete play by play of the March 22, 2015 parade about 10 to 14 days after it takes place.
Bell Local will produce a show called simply St. Patrick, bringing viewers behind the scenes of event preparation and of course the parade itself. "We have looked at ways of broadcasting it live on CTV Montreal," said Douville, "but it really was not possible. As soon as Bell Local was created, we knew we had the way to make it happen - albeit not live."
|A scene from last year's parade.|
The United Irish Societies of Montreal will take charge of all preparation, production and provide the hosts.
Since going on the air last June, Bell Local has brought us a nice array of programs available on channels 217 and 1217. Only subscribers of Fibe TV can access them on demand, meaning you can tune in whenever you wish to the likes of Give Back Montreal, What's Up Montreal? and Urban Race, Street Signs, Couch Talk and much more.