MONTREAL - Soggy weather didn't deter thousands of protesters in Montreal from venting their frustration over failed tuition talks and government policy Saturday afternoon.

The rally, organized by the powerful CLASSE student association met at 2 p.m. at the base of Mount Royal near McGill University.

The protest comes on the heels of the latest tuition negotiations with Premier Jean Charest's government, which broke down Thursday.

The ongoing dispute has consumed Quebec for nearly four months and pitted the increasingly radical students against Charest's ruling Liberal government. It has also prompted lawmakers to create Bill 78, a so-called emergency law meant to quash protests.

The protest was declared illegal under Bill 78, as have many protests in recent days, though as is customary, police alerted the crowd that the march would be allowed to continue if it remained peaceful.

No disruptions were reported as demonstrators moved through the Plateau and Rosemont, chanting and dancing under grey skies, many banging on pots and pans in a festive manner.

A man dressed in a Panda bear costume, who has become an icon of the demonstrations held over the past weeks, danced with the crowd.

Another man wore a contraption rigged up with two plungers to cover each of his ears, ostensibly to shield them from the noise of clanging kitchenware.

The protest ended at 5 p.m. No arrests were made, and police presence was small throughout the march.

Gabrielle Nadeau-Dubois, a spokesman for CLASSE, said the group will continue to protest through the summer even if it means disrupting the tourist season.

The 40th nightly protest takes place Saturday.

In the CTV video below, students and supporters bang rhythmically on pots and pans as they walk through Montreal streets.