Montreal Gay Village Will Be Pedestrian-Only, Rainbow Balls Will Be Up Starting Tomorrow
Some STM bus lines will be impacted.
As per usual, Montreal will now close off a large section of rue Sainte-Catherine to all cars and buses for the rest of the summer.
The portion of Sainte-Catherine between Saint-Hubert and Papineau will be closed from this week until September 27th, 2019.
The closure allows for countless terrasses to open up along the street as well as several special events include street sales and art exhibits.
TL;DR Spring is officially here now that Montreal's Gay Village has their iconic rainbow balls installed overhead and the section of Sainte-Catherine has become pedestrian-only. Details on the road closure below.
As noted in the STM's tweet above, this closure will also impact two buses that regularly travel along Sainte-Catherine, the #15 and the #815.
The closure allows for the famous multi-coloured balls to be strung up over the street, for.
The City of Montreal website notes that there will be "commercial activities" happening from June 3rd -9th, July 8th-14th and August 26th-September 1st.
The City of Montreal website also notes that rue Saint-Christophe between René-Lévesque Est and rue Sainte-Catherine Est will be open to local traffic but without access to Sainte-Catherine itself.
This section of Sainte-Catherine will be reopened on September 27th, which is also when the infamous multicoloured balls will come down for the final time.
But we've got lots to look forward to on the new walking street, like the annual Sidewalk Sale that happens every July.