- Pride season culminated in the Montreal Pride Parade this past Sunday. Tens of thousands of people were in attendance.
- Among the most notable figures there were Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May, François Legault, and Manon Massé.
- Here are some of the best images from the day!
This Sunday, Fierté Montréal, or Montreal Pride, culminated with the annual parade. After 11 days of non-stop parties, concerts and other events, the 36th annual festival came to a close. According to the CBC, 12,000 people marched in the colourful, lively parade, to the delight of almost 300,000 onlookers.
Many political leaders were in attendance, including Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May and François Legault. Montreal mayor Valérie Plante was also in attendance. Legault chose to attend pride for the first time ever even though a petition asked him not to.
Petitioners stated that Legault was not welcome because Bill 21 victimizes minorities, his party promotes a culture of fear and doesn't recognize the legal rights of trans immigrants.
Despite this, the premier of Quebec showed up to represent the Quebec government. Legault was booed by a few people during his appearance at pride.
And, though Trudeau, Singh, and May all came to show their support for the LGTQ+ community, one political leader was notably absent: Andrew Scheer, leader of the federal Conservative Party.
Also not in attendance was Maxime Bernier, the controversial leader of the People's Party of Canada.
Pride drew hundreds of thousands, and more than ten thousand people walked in the parade. Celebration was in the air, as these photos show.
From cheerleaders to drag queens, from little kids to older adults, the parade drew a diverse crowd.The parade has to be one of the city's most festive events of the year.
Needless to say, there was a lot of colour.
People took to their balconies to witness the event.
It seems even pets dressed in their Pride best.
Pride is all about free expression.
There were some dazzlingly beautiful costumes on display.
"Fierce" was the theme of the day.
Pride is also a statement of visibility and solidarity across the queer spectrums.
The celebrations were the culmination of an 11-day long festival that included parties, workshops and many, many entertaining shows.
Valérie Plante stated that this parade is a way to celebrate the openness, plurality and diversity of Montreal, characteristics that make the city so unique.