Gay Pride in Montreal is called “Célébrations”. Debuting in 2007, Célébrations is a relatively new Montreal LGBT festival. The organization and event was created by some key community figures to ensure that the traditional elements of Pride (Parade and Community Day) would be offered to both Montrealers and visitors.
Now into its third year, Célébrations has established itself among the many Montreal queer events (Divers/Cité, Black & Blue, Image&Nation) as a “destination” festival. This means that the gays travel specifically to Montreal to partake in the parties, shows and, most definitely, the massive Pride Parade!
Get the inside scoop on this year’s Pride festivities (including my recommendations)…
My 6 recommendations for Montreal Pride:
- The Importance of Being Earnest (Aug 13) – A radically absurd, classic play that was written well ahead of its time by a true literary genius, Oscar Wilde. A bit of theatre will be the perfect way to ease into the busy gay weekend. 9 pm. General seating. Wheel chair accessible. $10 to $20. More info at Village Scene Productions.
- BYOL: Bring Your Own Lesbian (Aug 14) – The only way to get into this party is to have a lesbian with you. A lezzie litmus test will be administered. 10 pm – 2 am. Sociéte des arts technologieque (1195 St. Laurent Blvd). $25. More info at www.sat.qc.ca.
- Café des Arts (Aug 14 – 16) – Various expositions including Per7eption, Yvon Goulet and Kat Coric, including some “live painting” action. Parc Émilie-Gamelin. Free.
- Community Day (Aug 15) – A vital part of any Pride event is the building of community. Discover the many exciting organizations, community groups, businesses and sports teams, run by and/or catering to the LGBTA community. On St. Catherine Street, between St. Hubert and Papineau streets. 11 am – 6 pm. Free.
- Pride Parade (Aug 16) – This year’s theme is “Fiesta”, so we can expect a parade that is full of colours and energy. It will run along René-Lévesque Boulevard between de Lorimier Avenue and St. Hubert Street. The celebrations will continue at Parc Émilie-Gamelin for the MEGA T-DANCE with DJ Stéfane Lippé, DJ Mark Anthony and DJ Oscar Belazquez. Free. Parade starts at 1pm.
- Stonewall Revolution 40 Years (Aug 16) – Half history lesson, half performance, Stonewall Revolution revives the staggering events and the prominent battles which shaped the LGBTA community since 1969, which is considered the origin of Pride Celebrations worldwide. Parc Émilie-Gamelin 10 pm. Free.
This year’s festival will be held from August 13 – 16th.
For more details on my recommendations, and all the pride activities, visit the Celebrations Montreal Gay Pride website.