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In “Misunderstanding” faced with the fiasco of the canceled Pride parade in Montreal, the Fête Arc-en-ciel de Québec assures that its event can take place in September even if volunteers are still needed.

To three weeks of the festivities, “a few dozen volunteers are still missing” for the presentation of the 18th edition of the festival organized by the Alliance Arc-en-ciel de Québec.

“But that does not jeopardize the holding of the event at all,” insists Dave Tremblay, chairman of the board of directors, assuring that recruitment “is going well”.

In all, nearly a hundred volunteers are needed.

In Montreal, the lack of manpower to ensure security forced the cancellation of the emblematic parade at the last minute, Sunday, arousing many negative reactions.

Mayor Valérie Plante demanded an explanation from the leaders of the organization responsible for it, Montreal Pride, with whom she had a meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon.

“Confiant ”

“ It is certain that at the Alliance, at the Fête Arc-en-ciel, [the failures in Montreal have] caused many surprises, misunderstanding  “, reacted Dave Tremblay, saying not to seek to blame Pride Montreal, but rather to want to understand what happened.

Even if “there is never anyone who is safe from error”, he finds it hard to imagine a scenario of this kind in Quebec.

“We are confident that everything should be fine […] We have people who are dedicated”, he notes.

According to him, the craze for the Rainbow Party could even to be stimulated following the known troubles in Montreal.

“I feel like people are going to realize the importance of marching to claim their rights. Sometimes when something is taken away from us, that's when we realize it's important,” he says.

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The Arc-en-ciel Alliance is keeping its sights set on holding a “solidarity march” on Sunday, September 4, in downtown Quebec City, a formula proven in recent years.

Montrealers who would like to take part are welcome, but should know that it is not a parade, strictly speaking, explains Mr. Tremblay.

The activity is rather centered on claims and communities. There are no allegorical floats, for example. “We have our own nature, our own identity,” he concludes.

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  • 60,000 people are expected for the 18th edition of the Fête Arc-en-ciel de Québec, from September 1 to 11, 2022. The event benefits from a subsidy of 120 $000 from the City of Quebec. The lineup will be unveiled on Thursday.