The iconic Montreal Pride festival and parade are back

After an endless pandemic, the Montreal Pride Festival will finally be back in force from August 1 to 7, with its militant spirit stronger than ever. The Pride Parade and other events are back, and organizers have also issued a clear set of demands centered on equality for all.

During a July 26 press conference, festival officials listed ten specific goals for 2022, including “adequate funding and spaces” for 2SLGBTQIA+ community institutions, “public recognition of systemic racism,” and engagement in the fight against discrimination.

On health care, the 2022 Montreal Pride festival is calling for “free gender-affirming surgery and care,” “a ban on surgeries without consent” for intersex people, and free HIV/AIDS care.

Pride is also advocating for “funding for sex-positive education” and for 2SLGBTQIA+ seniors, new measures to tackle isolation and improve well-being. The event calls for “the decriminalization of HIV non-disclosure, drug use and sex work”.

Presented by Air Canada, the Pride Parade will begin August 7 at 1 p.m. Last year’s health context did not allow for a traditional parade – with floats, dancers and all the usual festivities – 2022 is the perfect opportunity to wear the colors of the rainbow & celebrate pride in all its exuberance.

“This is an invitation to all to join us on René-Lévesque Boulevard, between Metcalfe and Alexandre-DeSève streets, to celebrate,” Pride wrote in a statement.

Two areas dedicated to people with reduced mobility will be available. Only environmentally friendly vehicles were allowed to enter the parade this year.

In addition to the parade, this year’s program is so packed that you’ll be spoiled for choice!

As an opener to Pride, you can watch Rapture, a contemporary dance show by Dave St-Pierre and other artists, for less than $50 from July 27 to August 6 at the Monastery. The show addresses hostility towards 2SLGBTQIA+ communities as well as people living with HIV/AIDS.

According to Simon Gamache, General Manager of the Montreal Pride Festival, nearly 200 organizations will take part in Community Days at the Village on August 5 and 6. This will be a great opportunity to discover community groups, businesses, sports and cultural socio-clubs active in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

During the week, nine large-scale free shows will be presented on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park. You can expect tons of color and glitter, with performers such as drag superstars from RuPaul’s Drag Race, local drag performers, plenty of DJs, Coeur de Pirate, Corneille, high-heeled dancers and more Again.

Quebec Premier François Legault commented on the upcoming event: “I am very happy to see that the event has become a key summer gathering in Montreal and that millions of people join in the festivities every year.

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