Black & Blue: Tips for Virgins

Posted on September 24th, 2009 by .

Black & Blue is one of the year’s biggest parties, gay or otherwise, and not only in Montreal, but all of Canada.

That being said, it can be a bit daunting for the 1st timer.

With helpful tips from some famous Montrealais, I’ve got the tips to help you Black & Blue virgins have the night of your life…

For more details on the Black & Blue theme, DJs and organization, visit my previous post entitled “The Black & Blue Festival.”

Black & Blue is one of the year’s biggest parties, gay or otherwise, and not only in Montreal, but all of Canada. That being said, it can be a bit daunting for the 1st timer.

The Main Event is on Sunday, October 11th. And here are some tips to make your first time smooth and pleasurable:

Where to eat (before): I recommend Duel or Pica Pica for high-end dining. Check out Saloon or Bato Thai for cheaper eats.

Where to eat (after): You’ll need a greasy spoon. Resto du Village won’t disappoint.

What to wear: Black and/or blue. Chances are you might take off your shirt, so blue jeans or black leather pants are always a popular.

When to go: This really depends on your stamina. If you don’t think you’ll make it through the whole night, I recommend going early. But if you’re type to dance all night, then pace yourself and go anytime between 12am – 3am. Shows go throughout the night, but if you go too late, you might miss something spectacular.

Tips from some famous Montealers…

“I suggest arriving for the fun midnight to 2 am shift. Another wave of party goers arrives for the 3-5 am shift. Wear real comfortable sneakers and bring an extra t-shirt and a sweatshirt (which you can check at the coat-check) for when you leave all sweaty, cuz it will be quite cool outside. And put aside some cab fare to get back to your hotel! Finally, don’t miss famed NYC tranny Amanda Lepore performing at Black & Blue at the Telus Theatre on Oct 10, and Amanda will also be hosting the VIP area at the B&B Main Event on Oct 11!”

-Richard Burnett (Writer of “The Three Dollar Bill”)

“For your trip to Montreal, make sure you bring an empty suitcase. Montreal is divine for those with a passion for shopping!!!”

-Eric Pineault (President of Montreal Pride Célébrations)

“I recommend coming with the expectation to experience new things. Explore a side you haven’t – for a while… to the extent that you’re willing. Dance and mingle and meet and explore. Black & Blue is there for ALL of that. There are adventures inside and neat finds. Expand the group you come over with. Meet people.”

-Travis R. aka T.J.R. (Montreal aficionado)

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