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Iconic Montreal Gay Village Rainbow Balls Are About To Go Up For The Last Time

This summer will be your last chance!
Staff Writer
Iconic Montreal Gay Village Rainbow Balls Are About To Go Up For The Last Time

With summer fast approaching, Montrealers are extremely eager to get started on classic summer-in-the-city activities. Be it terrasse days, Mont-Royal picnics, or music festivals, Montrealers can't wait to shake off their hibernation and get the party started. 

One of the main summer attractions is taking a walk in the Gay Village under the rainbow ball canopy. First put up in 2011, the rows of balls that decorate the Village have been the hallmark feature of one of downtown's only pedestrian walkways. They form a rainbow blanket over 1km-stretch of Ste. Catherine East, bringing a stunning pop of colour that reflects one of the city's most vibrant neighbourhoods. 

The 180,000 plastic balls will finally be retired this September. They were supposed to go down permanently last year, but artist Claude Cormier, at the behest of Mayor Valérie Plante, decided to keep them up for one more summer. This will be your last chance to see this amazing sight! 

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TL;DR  The famous rainbow ball canopy that has beautified the Gay Village in Montreal since 2011 will finally see its last summer this year. This will be your last chance to walk under this amazing art installation.

After 8 years, the installation that has been gracing the stretch of Ste. Catherine street between St-Hubert and Papineau will be taken down this September to make way for a potential new art project.

Many people are disappointed at this decision, but some argue that it's about time for the street to have a new look. The rainbow canopy looks equally as impressive from the ground as it does from the sky, as many photographers have captured their stunning beauty throughout the years. 

You should definitely take time this summer to take snaps of one of the city's most Instagrammable landmarks! 

This year, crews will hang the balls on April 26th (weather permitting). You'll have until late September to stoll under the rainbow glow.

So, while there's still time, you should definitely make as many visits as possible to the Gay Village this summer!

How do you feel about the rainbow canopy being removed? Personally, I'm sad to see it go but I'm excited about what's in store for Montreal's Gay Village! 

Whatever goes up next, I'm sure it will be even more fabulous! 


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