As Montreal is a city of festivals it makes sense that we host our own gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual event. This year for 5 days the Gay Village will be filled with loud music, colourful outfits and plenty of dancing. So in other words it's just business as usual for them. The only difference is that heterosexuals venture into the Village in larger numbers. Normally, I guess, we are intimidated.
Everything kicks off with the pre-festival Gay Pride parade on Sunday, July 29th starting at 1 p.m. This is such a high energy event that we will need a few days rest before the actual festival itself begins for real. At the festival there will be plenty of fun and varied events such as DJ sets, drag queen shows, films, parties, live music, and of course, Mado (Montreal's number one drag queen) singing ABBA. As the festival is focused on accessibility all the outdoor shows are free of charge with voluntary donations appreciated.
Montreal is all about diversity – cultural, ethnic, religious, and sexual preference. Let's celebrate that this is a city where you don't have to worry about where you find yourself on any of these scales. There are no boundaries to be found here. Viva la difference, I say!!