Montreal Pride Festival starts internal probe after embarrassing parade cancellation

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MONTREAL — The organization that runs the Montreal Pride Festival says it is conducting an internal investigation after it abruptly cancelled the city's official Pride parade on Sunday — hours before it was to begin.

Festival executive director Simon Gamache has said the parade had to be called off because there wasn't enough staff to ensure it could go ahead safely. He was not available for interviews today.

The festival, which ran from Aug. 1-7 and included concerts and other events, received $600,000 from the City of Montreal.

This year's festival also received more than $1.1 million from the Quebec government.

Festival organizers are expected to meet with city officials later today to explain why the week's signature event was so poorly organized.

Meanwhile, one of the festival's major sponsors, Loto-Québec, said it still planned to support the Montreal Pride Festival next year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 8, 2022.

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