Forty years after the gay pride movement began, Canada has become world-renown for its acceptance and celebration of sexual diversity. And this year, Montreal’s Pride Parade promises to be bigger than ever!
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The contemporary gay pride movement commenced on a fateful evening in June of 1969 when the queers at the Stonewall Inn (NYC) began to retaliate from police attacks. This catalyzed LGBT peoples from across the world to stand up for their rights; a global human rights movement began.
Here we are 40 years later and Canada has become world renown for its acceptance and celebration of sexual diversity.
Gay Pride in Montreal is a mix of politicism and partying. The community day provides an opportunity for Montrealers and visitors to connect with the 100+ community organizations and businesses that serve the LGBT community. The parade is an occasion to say, “Look at us… we are vibrant and fierce, and proud of who we are.” And the parties are a celebration of our accomplishments as a community.
This year, the parade promises to be bigger than ever. I got the inside scoop from one of the three parade judges, Montreal’s premiere gay columnist, the incomparable Richard Burnett. He’s going to be looking for the most vivacious and flashy floats in the following five categories:
- Best Expression of the 2009 Theme (Fiesta!)
- Choreography by a Group
- Costume and Make-up
- Community Group Float of the Year
- Corporate Float of the Year
Take note of which floats impress you and see if your faves match those of the judges! For Pride Parade winners from previous years, check out the Célébrations website.
My personal recommendation for the Pride Parade is to nab a spot at the corner of René-Lévesque Boulevard and St. Hubert Street. You can watch the parade turn the corner, and then follow it into Parc Émilie-Gamelin. Continue the celebrations with the MEGA T-DANCE until the closing show. Bring water and sunscreen.
The Important Details:
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: South of the Gay Village
Street: René-Lévesque Blvd. (traveling west between De Lorimier and St-Hubert)
Confirm your attendance on the Facebook Event Invitation.
Jean-Pierre Perusse of Radical 5 has put together what looks to be a great closing show on the main stage (Parc Émilie-Gamelin) on Sunday, Aug 16 at 10pm. “Stonewall Revolution 40 Years” revives the staggering events and the prominent battles which shaped the LGBTA community since STONEWALL 1969. I’m not missing this!