Anyway, I won't go into details, but 3 years ago a new group was created to take care of the official pride celebrations, which includes the Gay Parade, and this group is called "Pride Celebrations Montreal". Besides the Parade, they have prepared several activities including a Mega T-Dance at Place Emilie-Gamelin, with the DJs Stéfane Lippé, Mark Anthony and Oscar Velazquez.
Are you still confuse? This is my take on this matter, if you are coming from out-of-town to party, my suggestion is to be here for "Divers/Cité". If you want to check out more the Pride/Parade side of the celebration, then come during "Pride Celebrations Montreal". If you have a lot of free time in your hands, then come for both festivals, because Montrealers are always ready to party.
Parties are my stronghold, so here is what I suggest you not to miss during Divers/Cité.
Indoor Events: D/C Party on August 1 @ Telus Theatre with David Morales and Peter Rauhofer. *** D/C Ball on August 2 @ Telus Theatre with Alain Jackinsky, Isaac Escalante and Ana Paula.
Unfortunately, Divers/Cité is not selling tickets online, so you will have to buy then when you get to Montreal (Priape Montreal, or Kiosk Info on Festival Site - don't wait to buy tickets at the door). If you are in Montreal, what are you waiting for?
***Update (July 18): tickets for the Divers/Cité parties can be purchased online - just visit their website and choose your party.
Outdoor Events: Sunset Party on August 1 @ Parc Emilie-Gamelin (2:00pm-10:00pm) with Jeremy Khamkeo, Yinon Yahel, Nicola Torriero and David Morales. *** La Grande Dance on August 2 @ Scene Berri-Ontario (1:00pm-11:00pm) with Alain Vinet, Peter Rauhofer, Isaac Escalante and Ana Paula. These are free events, and lots of fun and lots of people - don't believe me? Check the short clip below:
and you should check their respective websites, because there is much more where this comes from.
Is it enough? No, this is Montreal okay? The BBCM also is hosting their Twist Weekend celebration on August 1-2:
*Beach Party - August 1 @ 1PM - 10PM - Plage du Parc Jean-Drapeau: DJ Ian Key, Stéfane Lippé, and Charles Poulin.
*Twist Party - August 1 @ 10:00PM-8:00AM @ Le Medley: Dj Max Julien, Miss Honey Dijon, and Mark Anthony.
*Twist Encore - August 2 @ 10:00PM-3:00AM @ Parking: DJ Patrick Dream and Hector Fonseca.
*Twister - August 2 @ 1:00AM-OPEN-END @ Circus Afterhours: DJ Stéfane Lippé, Paulette, King Louis and Franco Fabi.
After reading all this info, I think I'm the one that is confuse now - enjoy Montreal people.