For their 6th year, Fierté Montréal Pride will be celebrating with the theme “Our Flag, Our Pride” from August 13 to 19. From the heart of the festivities in Place Emilie-Gamelin, Community Day in the Gay Village and the Pride Parade through Downtown, Montreal Pride is for everyone and anyone who wants to join in celebrating our vibrant LGBTA community!
The highlight of Montreal Pride is the parade on Sunday, August 19 at 1:00 PM. The route will once again follow René-Lévesque between Guy and Sanguinet, and culminate at Place Emilie-Gamelin for a huge T-Dance and closing show. Remember to embrace the theme “Our Flag, Our Pride” and rock some rainbow!
The LGBTA Community Day takes place on Saturday, August 18 on Sainte-Catherine Street in the Gay Village. It’s a day to discover the LGBTA community that makes Montreal so fabulous- sports teams, outreach centers, Queer-friendly businesses and my personal favorite: The Bolo Country Dancers.
The global issue of LGBTA human rights will take center stage at a two-day conference held on August 14 and 15 at the Cinematheque Quebecois. This will be a series of presentations and discussions hosted by openly gay professional soccer player David Testo and HIV/AIDS activist and politican Jean-Luc Romero.
Thursday, August 16: Thursday’s pride activities start bright and early for a Kid’s Day at Place Emilie-Gamelin, featuring inflatable games, face painting and entertainers for your young ones. At night, starting at 7PM, Dream Academy will be taking over the TD Music Stage with their fab drag numbers and a collaboration between Pride and local Queer youth organizations will result in a LGBT Youth Prom for anyone ages 14-25.
Friday, August 17: Get fit for the Pride Parade by a free 11AM Zumba class! That’s right, you can go and jive and shimmy to latin beats for free at Place Emilie-Gamelin. Following that, you can check out Café des Arts a gallery of local artists showcasing and selling their works, or check out Trans Egeria, an exhibit that pays homage to influential trans people throughout history. That night starting at 6PM you’ll be able to check out a variety of artists and entertainers on the TD Music Stage, from DJ Mario Leoardo, to major Quebecois singers.
Saturday, August 18: Kicking off Community Day at 11AM will be the first ever Official Dyke March! The route will travel down Sainte-Catherine between St-Hubert and Papineau. At 6PM at Place Emilie-Gamelin, there will be gathering of people dressed all in pink, who will make a massive pink dot in a statement of diversity and the freedom to love! Immediately following that, the signature concert of Fierté Montreal Pride begins with host Michel Dorion. There will be singers, dancers, impersonators, and a bunch of LGBTA folk having a blast. The most exclusive party of Pride “The Official Platinum Party” gets underway at 10PM at Terrace Bonsecours in Montreal’s Old Port. Don’t worry about showing up late though, this one goes to 8AM!
Sunday, August 19: After a week of cultural events, Fierte Montreal Pride comes to a close with a big bang. Starting after the Parade, is the massive T-Dance in Place Emilie-Gamelin and the big closing show at 10:30 PM.
Queer of the Year 2012: If you see lights, cameras, and a whole lot of action happening in and around the village and Pride activities, that’s the Queer of the Year Contest! They’ll be giving back on Community Day, celebrating during the Parade on the QOTY float, and having a ball around Montreal the entire week. So if you see them, say hello and cheer them on as they compete for the QOTY title and $5000.
Montreal Pride, August 13-19, 2012