The 36th edition of Montreal's Pride Parade took place Aug. 18 under radiating heat.

The same day marked the 40th anniversary of the first Montreal Pride parade.

Around 12,000 people marched the 2.7-kilometre stretch along René-Lévesque Boulevard. The course began symbolically in the former LGBTTQ+ sector and ended in the heart of the Gay Village, where 300,000 people were in attendance, according to organizers.

For the five past years, the theme of the parade has been inspired by the rainbow flag.

This year, the colour put forth was purple, representing dreams and peace.

Many LGBTTQ+ organizations, drag queens and corporations joined the parade with floats, like the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which displayed some of Thierry Mugler's fashion pieces.

A model wears a creation by Thierry Mugler, whose work is being shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, during Montreal Pride Parade 2019. Photo by Josie Desmarais

Liberal MP Mélanie Joly, Quebec Premier François Legault, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green party Leader Elizabeth May and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were present within the public-figures delegation, along with many other politicians from all levels of government.

This year was the first time Legault attended a Pride parade. When asked by the media why he hadn't participated before, even though he has been in politics for more than 10 years, he answered: "It's the first year that I'm premier, and I think that we should be proud that the province is one of the most open-minded places in the world."

(left to right) Liberal MP Mélanie Joly, Quebec Premier François Legault, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend Montreal Pride Parade 2019. Photo by Josie Desmarais
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(left to right) Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Green Party leader Elizabeth May attend Montreal Pride Parade 2019. Photo by Josie Desmarais

All federal party leaders were present except for Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer. About 30 members and supporters of the Conservatives still marched in the street. In the crowd, a member of the Satanist religion, dressed in fishnet stockings and horns, yelled, "This is awkward. Shame."

At 2.30 p.m., a minute of silence was held, and the colourful crowd raised their fists in the air in quiet solidarity.

The Montreal Pride organization will soon present its candidacy for WorldPride 2023.