(Blogmensgo, gay blog of August, 19, 2016) The Gay Pride week in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), officially called “Fierté Montréal Pride,” ended on August 14, 2016 with a pride parade. It set new records in terms of the number of participants and spectators but also in terms of participation of high-profile politicians. Even the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau actively took part in the celebrations.
Almost 5,500 participants walked in the parade in front of 302,000 spectators. At 2:30 pm, there was a minute’s silence for the victims of the Pulse club shootings in Orlando.
Take a look at the wonderful video of the parade (by “Le Sac de Chips”):
Besides these impressive numbers, more politicians were present at the parade than ever before. Justin Trudeau was the first head of government of a G7 country to participate in a gay pride parade.
Before this pride parade, Trudeau had already participated in the Toronto and Vancouver pride parades although less prominently.
« Ce défilé est l’opportunité de réfléchir au travail qui nous reste à accomplir et, en 2016, il en reste encore à faire pour s’assurer d’entendre les voix de la communauté gaie. »
“This parade is an opportunity for us to think about the work that we still have to accomplish in 2016 to assure that the voices of the gay community are heard.”
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Aside from Trudeau, more Canadian politicians took part in the parade: Representatives of all parties, Philippe Couillard (Prime Minister of Quebec) and Sylvain Gaudreault (the openly gay acting head of the Quebec party).
Denis Coderre, the mayor of Montreal, was there, too. On the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Montreal in 2017, he wants to officially apologize to all homosexuals who were persecuted in the 1990s. The city of Toronto already did that in June 2016.
Prime Minister Trudeau intends to invalidate all punishments that were handed out to gays based on their sexual orientation before 1969.
This is the official teaser video of Montreal Pride 2016: