Montreal Pride came to existence in 2007 and since then it has become the largest gathering of its kind in the francophone world. According to the city tourism website, "in 2018, 2.1 million visitors attended Montréal Pride, and this year hundreds of thousands of partygoers are expected to attend more than 150 events."

Approximately two million people are expected to once again attend the month-long event in our city and with so much going on, it is hard to know what events are the ones worth going to.

From free outdoor events to epic drag shows, this year's pride really has something for everyone.    


Bottomless Mimosa Brunch

When: August 11

Where: Méchant Boeuf Bar-Brasserie (124 Rue Saint-Paul O.) 

Mimosas, brunch and drag queens…where do I sign up? Sunday, August 11 at either 10 am or 1 pm, is your chance to be part of the most fabulous brunch of the year.

Tickets are only $40 and a portion of the proceeds will go to GRIS-Montreal, a non-profit organization that promotes "better awareness of the homosexual and bisexual reality and to make it easier for gays, lesbians and bisexuals to integrate into society."  

This is one event you will be sorry you missed.    

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Parade

When: August 18th

Where: Blvd. René-Levesque 

The parade, which will begin around 1 pm on August 18th runs east along boulevard René-Levesque. Make sure to get to the parade early to make sure you get good seats because it fills up very quickly.

The pride parade is all about love, equality and good energy which is exactly what you will feel on that day.

At 2:30 pm, there will be a moment of silence to honor LGBTQ pioneers and those who have been lost to violence and AIDS.    


Mega T Dance

When: August 18th

Where: Quartier des Spectacles

Right after the parade, at 3 pm, there is the annual post-parade Mega T-Dance, which is pretty epic.

There is a sick line-up of international and local DJ’s and performers, from Montreal DJ's Marina and Alain Jackinsky, to Chus & Ceballos from Madrid.

This party will have you dancing like no one is watching, under the sun and stars.

There will also be live dance performances and a lot of good vibes. This high-energy event is definitely not one to miss.  

Get your tickets here!


Jet-Set

When: August 17 

Where: Parc des Faubourgs • TD Stage

Jet set is a free show that is taking place in Parc des Fobourgs.

The show, headlined by superstar Ciara, is the perfect free outdoor event to celebrate pride this year. If you want to stay away from the clubs and be a bit more casual; this is the event for you!    

Get more information here!


Excellence

When: August 15

Where: Parc des Faubourgs • TD Stage 

Excellence is an evening of laughs and good times featuring queer and/or trans people of colour.

This year will be the second edition of this incredible event, with performances from talented comics like Robin S., Cyber, Randay, Jade Above, Andy Razafi, Apollin, Joy Rider, Tammy Tuesdayz, Mehdi Bahmad, BACKXWASH, Elle Barbara and Tika.

This event aims to create a safe space for queer and trans people of colour to celebrate their identity.

This evening is also going to be headlined by Margaret Cho who is a comedy legend and queer icon.

Oh and did I mention this is a free, outdoor event? Because it is!  


Drag Superstar Concert

When: August 16

Where: Parc des Faubourgs • TD Stage

Drag diva Sasha Velour, who is the winner of season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race is going to be the host of the biggest ever Montreal Drag Superstar concert.

This amazing three-hour show will feature some of the best drag performances on the globe.

With A'keria Chanel Davenport, Detox, Willam, Trinity the Tuck, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon, Naomi Smalls, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Yvie Oddly and Canadian native Brooke Lynn Hytes, this is guaranteed to be one hell of an event.    

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Paradise Circus

When: August 17

Where: 1676 Rue Ontario E.

Parasise circus is being brought to our city by HER app, the world's largest dating and social networking app for LGBTQ women and queer people.

HER is also the largest LGBTQ and events company for women and queer people in the world.

This year's event will be filled with excitement; from peep shows and pole dancers to freak shows, burlesque and drag shows.

Over 600 people attending are expected to attend.  

Get your tickets here


Sinful Pride

When: August 9

Where: 3956 Blvd. Saint-Laurent 

Sinful Pride is an event that was created to let individuals fly their freak flag high, without judgement or fear! 

It is a night about self-love, pride and releasing your inner demons — it is a night of celebration.

Featuring some epic drag performances by Montreal’s most powerful witches, this is the night when we will find out who will be the next supreme.    

Get your tickets here!


Happy Pride, Montreal!

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