MONTREAL — One of Montreal’s more colourful festivals kicks of on Monday.
The 8th edition of Montreal Pride runs until Sunday and features more than 80 scheduled events, including free shows at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Pride Day at La Ronde, movies under the stars, the infamous pink dot gathering, and a three-act American opera presented by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Maestro Kent Nagano.
Montreal Pride is held every year to showcase the diversity and vitality of the LGBT community while raising awareness of inequalities that continue to exist in Quebec and around the world.
“In 77 countries, the mere fact of being an LGBT person is punishable by fines, corporal punishment, imprisonment or even death,” said the president of Montreal Pride, Eric Pineault, in a statement.
“As long as we do not all have legal and social equality, we will continue our mission to work for better future.”
Montreal’s Pride’s flagship events, presented by Viagra, are scheduled for Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17.
Every year, the highlight of the festival, the 30th annual pride march, is inspired by a colour of the rainbow flag. This year, orange, the flag’s second colour, has inspired the theme of Montreal Pride 2014: “Our Flag, Our Fire.”
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