The 2014 edition of Montréal’s LGBT Pride celebrations goes from August 11 to 17, 2014. For this edition, they’ll be honouring Orange — the second colour of the rainbow pride flag which symbolizes healing, vitality, energy, and warmth. See what’s in store for all the lovers heading to Montreal Pride this year…
THE FULL PROGRAM: Montreal Pride is a gigantic event that spans a full week of activities in many different locations around the city. From a conference on Gender Expression and an Urban Forest at the McCord Museum, to a huge Community Day and massive Pride Parade; Montreal Pride has a little something for everyone. To peruse through the full official programme click here.
COMMUNITY DAY: Community Day is Saturday, August 16, 2014. It’s a day where kiosks and booths from community organizations and businesses line Sainte-Catherine Street between Saint-Hubert and Papineau. Family, friends, and lovers walk hand-in-hand, revealing in the sunshine, and connecting with fellow members of the LGBT community and their allies.
PRIDE PARADE: Montreal’s Pride Parade is Sunday, August 17, 2014 starting at 1PM along Rene-Levesque Boulevard. Every year Montreal’s Pride Parade grows in size and scope, and all signs point to 2014 being no different. The parade will embody the theme “Our Flag, Our Flame: ORANGE”; and will draw enthusiastic crowds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, straights, allies, and every type of person in between. The only requirement for attending the Pride Parade is you must be proud of who you are, and believe in love and equality for all! Note that the moment of silence will be at 2:30 PM.
PLACE EMILIE-GAMELIN: Place Emilie-Gamelin is located next to Berri-UQAM metro at the western edge of Montreal’s Village. It’s the epicentre and hub of Montreal’s Pride festivities, with the concerts, shows, and big events all happening there. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect at the hub of Fierté Montréal Pride:
Wednesday, August 13: The ceremonious raising of the rainbow flag at 5:30 PM, DJ Mister Smith at 6:00 PM, and “Et Si L’Amour” hosted by Marleen Menard with 17 special guests at 8:00 PM.
Thursday, August 14: Kids’ Day from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, DJ Barbada at 6:00 PM, and the fabulous drag show “Dream Academie” at 7:30 PM.
Friday, August 15: High Tea In The Park at 4:00 PM, DJ Lady McCoy at 6:00 PM, and a variety show called “Heros & Divas” at 8:00 PM.
Saturday, August 16: An exhausting Zumbathon at 3:00 PM, Tabata training at 5:00 PM, DJ GiGi at 6:00 PM, and a brand-new show by Michel Dorion entitled “Illusion.” Don’t forget to stick around until 11:30 PM for a night time edition of PinkDot with glow sticks!
Sunday, August 17: The final day of Montreal Pride will have Place Emilie-Gamelin bursting with fun; the Mega T-Dance will go from 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM with DJ Alberto, DJ Kitty Glitter, and DJ Scott Fordham.
Fierté Montréal Pride, August 11-17, 2014
Photo credits: James Alexander Dunphy and Fierté Montréal Pride
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