Despite the oppressive heat and the scorching sun, thousands of people gathered Sunday in downtown Montreal to attend the Pride Parade, the culmination of a week of festivities the honor of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender).
Representatives of 127 partners and Montreal LGBT Pride festival organizations marched on René-Lévesque Boulevard between rue Guy and Sanguinet at the flamboyant event, which attracted some 290,000 spectators, organizers said.
Also according to the organizers, about 500,000 festival-goers took part in the various activities of the 9th Pride Montreal presentation, which took place from August 10 to 16 in the heart of Quebec’s metropolis.
“We are proud to have become one of the key summer festivals in Montreal,” said Éric Pineault, President and founder of Montreal Pride, in a statement Sunday. “We are happy to help make Montreal a city open to diversity.”
Mr. Pineault also stressed that the festival was more than a festive and colorful rally, since its mission is not only to support the LGBT communities here, but also to give hope to those who live in violence elsewhere in the world.
“There are still many internationally intolerance, which is frankly unacceptable,” said Stéphanie Vallée, Minister of Justice and head of the fight against homophobia in the government of Philippe Couillard, one many politicians present at the Pride Parade. “This is why it is important to position itself as an open society, a society where difference and diversity is considered an asset.”
A view shared by the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, who called the Quebec metropolis “capital of living together.”
“The fight against transphobia and homophobia requires vigilance at all times, said Mr. Coderre. Around the world, there are still too many cases of violence, too many people are arrested because of their sexual orientation. This parade is important not only to educate people here, but also the rest of the planet. ”
The 10th Montreal Pride presentation will be held from 8 to 14 August 2016.