Montreal Gazette, 25 June 1863, page 2
St Jean Baptiste Day- Our French Canadian fellow citizens were yesterday favored with most auspicious weather for the celebration of the patron saint’s day. The clear sky and generous sunshine were important accessories to the success of the grand out door demonstration always made on this festive occasion. At an early hour the various organisations, including the St Jean Baptiste Society, literary, temperance and trades’ associations, as well as the Chasseurs Canadiens, and No 2 Troop of Cavalry, formed in procession and marched through the principal streets to the French Cathedral with flags and music. The streets in the line of route presented a gay and holiday appearance, the various buildings being dressed on with evergreens, while banners waved from windows and house-tops, the streets in many places being spanned with lines of showy flags. The Church itself was splendidly decorated, the vast walls, pillars and galleries being concealed under tasteful designs of flowers, flags and green-boughs, the dense mass of well dressed people crowding the entire edifice adding immensely to the effect of the tout ensemble. High Mass having been celebrated, Rev Mr. Trudeau, of St Peter’s Church, preached an eloquent and appropriate sermon. The members of the procession having crushed their way through the crowd surrounding the Church, were again formed in order, in Place d’Armes, the pupils of the Christian Brothers’ schools going first, followed by societies of adults, the Chasseurs, Troopers dismounted, etc., etc., the bands of music at frequent intervals enlivening the march with Canadian national and other stirring airs. The procession which was a very long one, made a brilliant and imposing display, the regalia of the different societies, with their rich and beautiful banners, forming one of the most attractive and important features of the whole. After parading some of the principal streets, the procession broke up, the members returning quietly to their respective homes.