Gay Pride will be in full bloom starting on Tuesday of this week. July 29th is the first day of Divers/Cité (The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender festival), so that means it is party time in The Village.
This year's Divers/Cité will be aided by the fact that the section of Ste. Catherine Street that runs through The Village is closed to pedestrian traffic. No cars only people! Owners of bars and restaurants have created terraces that extend into the street. You can have a drink or your meal al fresco during the festival.
Divers/Cité is an event that celebrates the openness and diversity within the gay community here in Montreal. All types of art forms are part of the festival from music, photography, athleticism, and drag shows. After 15 years this festival has become renowned worldwide and is a source of tourism and pride for the city.
Much of what is going on is outdoors and free. One of the highlights of the festival is Mascara, a huge outdoor drag queen show. Thousands of people turn out to see this show each year. Other outdoor free events include Boulevard des Reves starring such homegrown musical talent as Jonas on July 29th, The Friends for Life Bike Rally on August 1st and Mascara on August 2nd. Remember this is just a sampling of the events for all of them check out the website.
Some events do require tickets such as the Latin-flavoured Cachondo party on July 31st, Lesbomonde on August 2nd and Divers/Cité Ball on August 3rd. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
At Cabaret Mado during the festival there are several events running during the festival. On July 29th Michel Dorion is presenting 4 Divas 2 and on July 30th Mado herself will be putting on her annual show Mado Chante ABBA. Each is a night of fun like you can't imagine! Tickets are on sale at the Cabaret Mado.
-Cabaret Mado: 1115 Ste. Catherine Est. www.mado.qc.ca