Montreal Gay Pride, or Fierté Montreal, is the city's largest genuflection to the local LGBTQ community, offering 11 full days of fun, entertainment, and gay pride in this lively Canadian city. Combining a program of events such as a Community Day, a Literary Pride, a Pride Festival, and of course the Montreal Gay Pride Parade, this pride really turns the city upside down with plenty of rainbow revelry.
Fierté Montréal was founded in 2007 at the initiative of Montreal’s LGBTQ communities after the city's prior Pride festival, Divers/Cité, repositioned itself as a general arts and music festival. Divers/Cité was taking place each year in the heart of Montreal, since 1993 in the heart of downtown Montreal and in Montreal's Gay Village area usually on the end of July and beginning of August every year. It was first organized in 1993 as a response to the Sex Garage police raid of 1990, referred to as "Montreal's Stonewall ». Divers/Cité formerly served as Montreal's primary LGBT pride festival.
Montréal Pride Festival is now the largest LGBTQ festival in Canada and the largest LGBTQ gathering in the francophone world. Every year in mid-August, Montréal Pride Festival attracts more than 2 millions local and international visitors.
Bear in mind that this is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 program for Montreal Pride, coming soon. The highlight of Montreal Gay Pride is arguably the colorful and lively parade, which will mark its 35th edition for 2019. The Montreal Gay Pride Parade will again celebrate the rainbow flag, paying particular attention to the color blue - a symbol of serenity and harmony. Dress in blue, and interpret the symbolism of blue however you wish. Following a minute's silence at 2:30pm, the parade will kick off from Metcalfe Street, and pass along iconic René-Lévesque Boulevard before concluding at Alexandre-DeSève Street in the heart of the city's new Village.
Along with the annual Pride Parade, you can look forward to the city's popular Pride Festival. Founded in 2007, the festival aims to promote LGBTQ rights, and celebrate the social progress of the community. Since its inception, the Pride has evolved momentously into an annual event which attracts roughly 2.7 million people both locally and internationally, over the course of its 11-day duration.
Montreal Gay Pride/Fierté Montreal also featues a Community Day on Saturday 18 August, from 11am to 5pm at Saint Catherine Street East. This festive day allows pride enthusiasts to discover the many exciting organizations, community groups, businesses and sports teams, run by and/or catering to the LGBTQ community. Entry is free!
So if you're ready to experience an incredible pride party over the summer in the city, get yourself to Montreal Gay Pride, you're sure to love it!