2th Edition of the Montréal Pride Celebrations - From August 14 to 17, 2008



    MONTREAL, July 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2008 Montréal Pride Celebrations
will build on the incredible success of the 2007 edition with an array of
activities, open to all, celebrating Montréal's vibrant and dynamic gay and
lesbian community. The program kicks off with a major cocktails at Montréal
City Hall, followed by opening of the Avenue of Health and Wellbeing on
Friday, Community Day on Sainte-Catherine Street on Saturday, August 16, the
Dorion Sings Dion Show, T-dances in the street (with DJs Mark Anthony,
Bobzilla, Mario Bross and Stéfane Lippé) and, of course, the wildly popular
Pride Parade, on Sunday, August 17, and the closing festivities with
RadicalQueens.
    "The incredible support we've received from the community, the Borough of
Ville-Marie and the private sector promises to give the city its best Montréal
Pride Celebrations ever," says Eric Pineault, President of Célébrations LGBTA
Montréal. "Last year, with just eight weeks to raise the financing and
organize, we delivered a fantastic event, with 90 exhibitors and 25,000
visitors at Community Day, plus 50,000 spectators lining the streets to watch
the 70 floats and 1,500 participants in the parade. This year, with the
synergy we have seen between the community, the borough and private sponsors,
we are expecting some 200,000 people to attend and participate in the 4 days
of the 2008 activities."
    The theme of the 2008 Pride Parade is "Here comes the circus!" will offer
floats, performers and marchers, more originality to all spectators. The
parade begins at 1 p.m. on the corner of René-Levesque Boulevard and de
Lorimier, and will continue west to Saint-Hubert, followed by celebrations in
the Village. Sainte-Catherine Street in the Village will already be closed to
automobile traffic for the Summer from June 17 to September 3, between Berri
and Papineau Streets, adding to the open-air festive atmosphere of the event.
    Célébrations LGBTA is proud to count on the support of its major partners
(as of July 14, 2008): Tourisme Montréal, City of Montréal, Borough of
Ville-Marie, Société de développement commercial du Village, Fugues Magazine,
Trojan, Canada Trust, Sky Complex, Via Rail, Delta Centre-Ville Hotel, Etre
Magazine, Manhunter, Videotron, Adam 4 Adam, les Brasseurs RJ and Bio-Vert. We
wish to acknowledge to participation of the Ambassadors' Circle: Stud,
Cocktail, Stock, Cabaret Mado and Parking.

    About Célébrations LGBTA Montréal

    Célébrations LGBTA Montréal was formed by the LGBT community, following
the Divers/Cité decision, in May 2007, to cease the organisation of the Pride
Parade and Community Day. Célébrations LGBTA Montréal (Lesbians, Gays,
Bisexuals, Transgenders and their Allies) is a non-profit organization created
in June 2007 that proudly organizes the Community Day and the Montréal gay and
lesbian Pride Parade.




For further information:

For further information: www.fiertemontrealpride.com; Jean-François
Perrier, Marketing Director, (514) 750-4491 # 25,
jfperrier@fiertemontrealpride.com; Eric Pineault, President, (514)750-4491 #
27, Cell: (514) 616-7170, epineault@fiertemontrealpride.com


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