Feature Story, Canada
Bonne Fierté / Happy Pride!
The first Canada Pride will take place in Montreal in 2017, making history as Canada celebrates Pride on a national scale.
“Canada Pride is a national festival that aims to shed light on the Canadian LGBTQ movement and to reaffirm Canada’s position as one of the leaders in terms of LGBTQ human rights. Created in partnership with the organization Fierté Canada Pride, the event will take place in a different Canadian city every four years and will provide a unique opportunity for national and international tourists to discover the diversity and attractions of the host city. The very first edition of Canada Pride, hosted by Montréal Pride, will take place August 10 to 20, 2017 on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Montréal and 150th anniversary of Canada.”
“Canada Pride Montréal 2017 will be a high-quality event that will celebrate the position of Montréal as a leader in terms of LGBTQ rights in the world,” explains Éric Pineault, President of Montréal Pride. We are delighted that the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary recognizes the importance of LGBTQ communities by making Canada Pride Montréal 2017 one of the associated projects for the celebrations. It is also with great pride that we will host the very first Canada-wide Pride right here, in our home city.”
“Among the program highlights confirmed to this date is a weekend of sporting events as well as a three-day conference about the advancement of LGBTQ rights here and abroad. On the cultural side, festivalgoers will be able to enjoy a major outdoor concert each day of the festivities and, of course, the iconic Pride Parade, which will be held on an unprecedented scale to highlight the 375th anniversary of Montréal in a festive and colourful manner. As well, an outdoor gourmet market will offer food lovers the chance to taste a thousand and one Montréal-made delicacies. Finally, the Canada Pride House will bring together the over 80 Canadian LGBTQ festivals in the form of an exhibition to raise awareness about the country’s LGBTQ movement among the general public.”