Pauline Marois - first premier to attend pride parade
The streets of downtown were filled with music Sunday afternoon as thousands sang and danced for Montreal's Pride Parade.
There were a number of politicians on hand, including premier Pauline Marois, the first premier to attend a pride parade in Quebec.
"We are screaming loud and clear that Quebec is rich in diversity," she said in her speech, which marked the beginning of the parade.
Éric Pineault, the founder of Montreal Pride, also spoke with Marois dedicating his walk to the LGPTQ community in Russia after that country passed a law banning propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.
Montreal mayor Laurent Blanchard and federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau were also there.
Attendees like Nathan Hambleton said they appreciated the political support. "It's exciting to know that we have advocacy in higher levels of government."
Organizers said this was the biggest pride parade in Montreal, with over 100 contingents taking part.
Photo credit: Tina Tenneriello