TORONTO – Canadian Olympians will join fans to enjoy the celebration of St. Patrick, the Irish community and the welcoming of spring by participating in St. Patrick’s Day parades in Montreal and Vancouver.  Media are invited for photo and interview opportunities.

MONTREAL

WHAT:  Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade
*Photo and media interview opportunities*

WHO:  Philippe Beaudry, 2012 Olympian, Fencing
Derek O’Farrell, 2012 Olympian, Rowing
Rob Gibson, 2012 Olympic Silver Medallist, Rowing
Karine Thomas, 2008, 2012 Olympian Synchronized Swimming
Tracy Little, 2008, 2012 Olympian, Synchronized Swimming
Valérie Welsh, 2012 Olympian, Synchronized swimming
Olya Ovtchinnikova, 2008 Olympian, Fencing
Steve Green, 2008 Olympian, Baseball
Joëlle Numainville, 2012 Olympian, Cycling
Jane Patterson, 1992 Olympian, Judo
John Ekels, 1972 Olympic Bronze Medallist, Sailing

WHEN:  Sunday, March 17, 2013, 12:00 PM

WHERE:  Corner of Fort and Ste. Catherine
Montreal, QC
Parade route: http://goo.gl/mp94s

VANCOUVER

WHAT:  Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade
*Photo and media interview opportunities*

WHO: Brent Hayden, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medallist, Swimming
Arjan Singh Bhullar, 2012 Olympian, 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Wrestling
Jessica Smith, 2012 Olympian, Athletics

WHEN:  Sunday March 17, 2013, 11:00 AM

WHERE:  Corner of Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia and Granville street.
Vancouver, BC
Parade route: http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/parade.php

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Canadian Olympic Committee Media Office:    
Jane Almeida, Manager, Media Relations
Tel: 416-324-4120 / Cell: 416-540-1788
Email: jalmeida@olympic.ca

Dimitri Soudas, Executive Director, Communications
Tel: 416-324-4136 / Cell: 289-388-6419
Email: dsoudas@olympic.ca