Our Flag Our Fire: Montreal Pride Parade 2014

Emily Campbell/CJAD

Montreal's annual pride parade made it's way along Rene Levesque Boulevard Sunday, as hundreds of thousands of onlookers cheered from the sidewalks.

The parade is organized to support and promote the LGBT community. It is intended to serve as a beacon of hope for those around the world who continue to battle oppression and injustice.

The diverse crowd included all kinds, ranging from elderly couples to young families of all genders, ethnicity's and orientations.

Tom Simmons and friends travelled from New York to watch the parade this year. He says he's impressed that Montreal's parade isn't as corporate as the ones at home.

"This is my first Montreal pride and the diversity here is wonderful!" says Simmons "I'm just having a lot of fun."

Community groups and corporate sponsors danced their way from Guy to Berri to the beat of marching bands and electronic dance music, pausing only for a moment of silence to honour victims of AIDS and homophobia.

"Our Flag Our Fire: Orange" was the theme for this year's event, resulting in an orange flare to many of the floats and costumes in the parade.

 

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