Pride Montreal 2018: More Than a Parade
Montreal's Gay Pride Parade -called Défilé de la fierté gai in French and running August 19, 2018- is fun, flamboyant, and everyone is invited to a LGBTA tradition going strong since it was rooted in 1979, when a group of 200 people commemorated New York City's 1969 Stonewall Riots with "Gairilla," a precursor to Montreal's gay pride parade celebrations.
A show of the community's solidarity, strength, and demand for the same respect, dignity and basic rights as those granted to heterosexuals, find out how the parade evolved over the years by consulting the Montreal Pride Celebrations website.
Pride Montreal Parade 2018: When
The parade is generally held every mid-August. In 2018, the Montréal LGBTA Parade is on Sunday, August 19, 2018 and starts at noon at the corner of Drummond and René-Lévesque, moving east on René-Lévesque (map). Expect the parade to last two to three hours.
Pride Montreal Parade 2018: Where
No word yet on the exact route for August 19, 2018. In 2017, the Montreal Gay Pride Parade moved its usual route further east. Instead of starting at St. Mathieu which it has since at least 2010, the parade started its strut on René-Lévesque at the corner of Drummond moving east until the procession reaches Alexandre-DeSève in the heart of the Gay Village, several blocks further than its previous Sanguinet endpoint.
For years, the crowd would then march up to the corner of Berri and Ste. Catherine, at Place Émilie-Gamelin where festivities continued with an outdoor dance event called the MEGA T-DANCE. But in 2017, everyone will move further east to the event's new location at Parc des Faubourgs.
Whether the 2018 route will mimic the changes made in 2017 remains to be seen, to be announced as we close in on the dates. Join my Facebook community to stay in the loop.
Is the Parade Suitable for Kids?
It depends. Some parents might find some of the floats a little too wild for children, others may feel the parade is no big deal. Here's some footage of a prior Pride Montreal parade to help you decide for yourself.
Montreal Pride Week 2018 Events
Montreal Pride Week's biggest highlight is the parade, but there are dozens of activities and events scheduled every day August 9 through August 19, 2018. Annual events include a family-friendly Community Day and the Mega T-Dance, a huge celebration held right after the Montreal Pride Parade. Check the Pride Montreal website for the latest on this year's schedule.
Visiting Montreal During Pride Week
Montreal Pride Week attracts a lot of tourists. And with good reason. It's one of the international LGBT community's favorite Pride destinations.
In town for Pride Week? These hotels might be labelled Jazz Festival hotels but they're technically Montreal entertainment district hotels, most located a less-than-10-minute-walk from the Gay Village.
F or a slightly longer walk, consider Old Montreal most popular hotels. The ambiance oozes with European charm and panache. Alternately, Montreal's top boutique hotels make for an especially stylish stay.
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