Opposition leader Tom Mulcair of the NDP and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, both of whom are Quebecers, will take part in the annual parade through the streets of downtown Montreal. The newly appointed leader of the Bloc Québécois, Gilles Duceppe, and the man he suddenly replaced this month, Mario Beaulieu, will join them.
PM in Ste-Marie-de-Beauce
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, meanwhile, makes an appearance in the Beauce today.
He is in Ste-Marie-de-la-Beauce to make an announcement accompanied by two of his key Quebec lieutenants, Tourism and Agriculture Minister Maxime Bernier and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Denis Lebel.
Street parties across Quebec
In all, some 700 events are planned across Quebec today to mark the 181st edition of la Fête nationale.
In Montreal, the main event is the parade that begins at 1 p.m. on St-Denis Street at Boucher Street, heading south to end at Sherbrooke Street in downtown Montreal.
Under a theme that loosely translates as, "Quebec: A land where life is good," more than 1,500 people will participate in the event. It's being billed as an environmentally friendly festival, with the floats being pulled by cyclists and people on foot.