03/11/2012 03:00 EDT | Updated 05/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Thousands line route for St. Patrick's parade

Thousands of people lined the route of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Toronto Sunday afternoon, many of them dressed in green.

The parade started at noon at Varsity Stadium on Bloor Street. The floats proceeded east to Yonge Street, then south all the way to Queen Street, turning west to wind up at Nathan Phillips Square.

It lasted about two hours.

In Ottawa, the St. Patrick's Day parade was held on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at city hall and ending at Lansdowne Park where an Irish-themed party was held in the afternoon.

Even though the Toronto parade started at noon, police had closed some streets as early as 8 a.m. They were expected to reopen the streets shortly after 2 p.m.