Montreal has one of the largest and most active and dynamic LGBT communities in North America, and so it's no surprise that Canada's second-largest city stages one of the largest Gay Pride celebrations on the continent. The Montreal Pride/Fierte Montreal Parade and Community Day, now in its 10th year, takes place from August 11 to August 20, 2017.
The festivities take place over nine days, with events centered on the Gay Village, and in particular, Parc Emilie-Gamelin.
In the official program, you can view a full list of events over the course of Montreal Pride/Fierte Montreal, including an LGBT Rights Conference, a women's networking social, a kids day, numerous parties, a movie night, a Pride Run, and several other related gatherings, arts presentations, literary readings, and more.
Looking to make a fun side trip in a gorgeous, gay-friendly area north of Montreal? Check out the Laurentians and Mont-Tremblant Gay Guide. And if you're headed to that other wonderful city in the province, also have a look at the Quebec City Gay Guide, Quebec City Gay Hotels Guide, and this article on Quebec City Gay Pride (that city's Pride is held in early September).
More on this event will be posted as information becomes available. Meantime, here's a detailed look at last year's Montreal Gay Pride:
The all-important Montreal Gay Pride Community Day takes place on Saturday, from 11 am until 5 pm, along rue Ste-Catherine E, and features presentations by dozens of community groups and organizations.
On Sunday, the Montreal Gay Pride Parade starts at 1 pm along blvd. Rene-Levesque, kicking off at rue Saint-Mathieu and proceeding to the Gay Village, where it finally wraps up at rue Sanguinet. This is followed by the free Mega T-Dance party at Place Emilie-Gamelin (taking place at 1 pm and featuring a host of top DJs).
Grand Marshals this year include Mumbai filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan, student and transgender activist Olie Pullen, LGBTQ immigrant advocate Hector Gomez, Inuk lesbian and mother Mona Belleau, and actress and producer Raven-Symone. The celebrations continue until Sunday night's big Montreal Pride Closing Party at Unity nightclub, starting at 10 pm and continuing into the very late hours.
Throughout Montreal Gay Pride Week, there are dozens of fantastic events. For details, download the official Fierte Montreal/Montreal Pride Program, and also take a look at the Montreal Pride events page, which features a full schedule of parties and activities. Highlights include a fashion show, a panel on gay porn featuring adult-film stars Gabriel Clark, Brandon Jones, and Marko Lebeau, a photo exhibit celebrating 10 years of Pride, LGBT movie nights, Literary Pride events, a special drag cabaret at Mado, an LGBT family and kids day, the chance to meet Mister Leather, a Trans Evening soiree, Pride Day at La Ronde amusement park (on Friday), Cocktail Ladies Happy Hour, the Fierte Montreal BearDrop party, Fierte a la plage (beach day, on Saturday), and so much more.
Note that following a successful 22-year run, one of Canada's largest and most jubilant gay celebrations, Montreal, Quebec's Divers/Cite festival, called it quits in 2015.
Montreal, of course, is one of North America's friendliest, most stylish, and most enthusiastic cities when it comes to gay culture - this is the case year-round, even during the city's chilly winters. Divers/Cite had been focused around nearly a week of parties, celebrations, film screenings, and fun, and some big happenings were always planned, including outdoor events taking place in the Old Port area on Jacques-Cartier Pier.
Montreal Gay Resources
Check the city's great gay resources, such as Tourism Montreal's Gay Website, the French-language LGBT news magazine Fugues, the English-language Nighttours Montreal Gay Guide, and the About.com Montreal Guide to the city's Gay Village.