St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Road Closures


This Saturday, March 11th, the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade will run through downtown Ottawa.


The event departs from Laurier Ave West in front of City Hall at approximately 11:00 AM until approximately 1:00 PM.


Motorists can expect delays due to road closures to accommodate the parade. The parking entrance to Ottawa City Hall on Elgin Street will be open as usual; however, the Laurier Avenue entrance will be closed between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


The following roads will be closed:

  • Westbound lanes on Laurier Avenue between Nicholas Street and Elgin Street (7:30 a.m. to noon)
  • Laurier Avenue from City Hall to Bank Street
  • Bank Street from Laurier Avenue to Marché Way (Lansdowne Park)


OC Transpo routes 1, 2, 5, 7 and 14 will be on detour during the road closures. Customers can catch the affected routes along adjacent corridors at temporary bus stops. Please visit for more information and to plan your transit trip.


Businesses at Lansdowne will remain open throughout the parade and motorists can access the site either from Queen Elizabeth Driveway or, if approaching from the south along Bank Street, at Exhibition Way.


I hope residents take the opportunity to enjoy this annual festive event. I hope to see many of you there and, of course, don’t forget to wear green!