Hours before it was due to take place on Sunday, organizers announced the cancellation of Montreal’s Pride parade.
Via the CBC: Organizers of the Montréal Pride festival have cancelled today’s parade. They cited a lack of security staff for the parade route, adding that the decision was made in collaboration with Montreal police. Events taking place at the Esplanade du Parc olympique from 2 p.m., including the closing show with Pabllo Vittar, will go on as as planned. Tens of thousands of people were expected to attend today’s parade.
Presse Canadienne, Montreal Pride executive director Simon Gamache said the organization was short 80 people on Sunday morning, most of whom had been assigned to close streets and that it was the result of multiple factors, including COVID-19 cases during the week, multiple possible cases of heat stroke and fatigue among volunteers who had contributed in previous days.
“Montreal Pride isn’t immune from human resources issues.” Gamache added..