It is that time of the year again everyone, the magical week where people of different creeds and sexualities come together, look sexy, and get wasted. Yes, Montreal's 2013 Pride week is upon us. Tons of cool events are littered throughout the week, but we know y'all just want to know where the party is at. So here is the Party People's Guide to Montreal Pride!
Wednesday, August 14th
The weekend starts on Wednesday with the Generation Boomer show at the TD Music Stage in Place Emilie-Gamelin. Generation Boomer will be an homage to the cabaret club tunes of the 50's and 60's performed by Quebecois musician like Celine Dion's sister/Claudette Dion and Nannette Workman.
Keep the golden oldies goin' at Le Stud for the official after party Party Boomers where Djs will mix the classic tunes with a fresh feel perfect for dancing.
Thursday, August 15th
Get ready for fierce looks and sassy quips because Thursday is a runway for the drag queens of Montreal. Infamous Montreal drag legend Mado will start spinning rhythms as DJ Mado at the TD Music Stage at 6pm. Dance for a couple of hours then get ready for the Dream Acadamie Show at 8pm, where over twenty queens from all of MTL will duke it out for top spot on the drag ladder. Re-apply your glitter and eyeshadow for the after party Le Reve Se Poursuit at Cabaret Mado.
Friday, August 16th
Girls and guys are gonna keep it separate like a middle school dance this Friday because both genders have awesome parties just for them. Ladies can let loose at Crush held at Club Soda, an electro cabaret featuring seasoned female party monsters DJ Mini and DJ Mariam Morales.
Fellas leave your ladies at home for the Official Boys Party at Apollon. DJ Steve Watt from Radio-CKOI will be at the turntables, remixing all of your favourite top 40 songs and tailoring them for tearing up the dance floor.
Saturday, August 17th
Ease into Saturday with Pride's Official Brunch held at Saloon in the village. After handling your hangover with good eats, check out all of the cool organizations at Community Day. Ok, not a party, but still fun and informative.
Be ready at 8pm for the fifth edition of the C'est La Fete variety show at TD Stage. C'est La Fete features some of the most spectacular performers MTL has to offer. Get ready for monsoon season as there will also be a special appearance by RuPaul Drag Race winner Jinx Monsoon!
Parties are galore on Saturday eve, each with their own fun twist. Check out WIGd for fun with fake hair at Cabaret Undweorld, Pig Not For Little Boys (the official fetish party!), and Cuir As Fuck, if you're into leather. Its also Saturday night, so if none of those fit your fancy, the village will be an explosion of debauchery, so check out any club for a good time.
Sunday, August 18th
Shit gets real on Sunday with the official Pride Parade starting at 1pm. The parade will run from Guy to Saguinet, along Rene-Levesque. Presented by Viagra (go figure!) the parade will feature over 130 organizations from across the queer community. Bring sunscreen and some day drank for optimal fun times.
Don't even dare to stop the fun, as right after the parade from 2-11pm will be the Mega T-Dance at the TD Music Stage. DJ Edil Hernandez of Orlando and DJ Aron from Tel Aviv will make the frenzy thrive at this epic outdoor dance party. Stick around for the Pride Closing Show at 10:30 by Frank Dee.
But the magic doesn't start there. For those party people in it for the long haul, don't miss the Official Closing/Staff Party at Unity. Unity employees get a special day off as volunteers work the door and bar for the once-a-year Sunday opening. DJ Stefane Lippe will carry you into Monday and make sure you end Pride the only way you can: as a dancing hot and sexy mess
There you have it party people. Now get out there and show your pride!