Press Release

Dany Turcotte Grand Marshall of the Montréal Pride Festival’s 12th Edition

Montréal, May 7,2018 – The Montréal Pride Festival, presented by TD in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, is honored and grateful that Danny Turcotte will be one of the Grand Marshalls of the 12th edition of the event taking place at the Parc des Faubourgs, next August 9 to 19, 2018. Through this appointment, the Montréal Pride Festival recognizes Mr Turcotte’s considerable contribution to the recognition of the rights of the sexual and gender diversity (SGD) communities.

Danny Turcotte announced his appointment during the May 6, 2018 broadcast of the Tout le monde en parle program on the Radio-Canada television network, at the end of the interview with Canadian Conservative Party leader Andrew Sheer. Known for his systematic refusal to take part in Pride Parades, Mr Sheer was handed a rainbow colored card by Turcotte, the show’s jester, which said: “As Grand Marshall of the Montréal Pride Festival, I officially invite you to attend the Pride Parade next August 19. See you soon, Andrew!”

“We are proud and happy to be able to count on Danny Turcotte’s support as one of our Grand Marshalls for this 12th edition of the Montréal Pride Festival,” said Éric Pineault, President of Montréal Pride. “We are convinced his outspokenness, his integrity as well as his visibility will be a definite plus for the Festival’s outreach and the advancement of the rights of the sexual and gender diversity communities.”

About Dany Turcotte
Following studies in Media Arts and Technology at the Jonquière CEGEP, Danny Turcotte was first a member of the comedy troupe Groupe Sanguin from 1986 to 1990. He later formed the hugely successful Lévesque et Turcotte duo with his trusted accomplice Dominique Lévesque. Throughout his career, Mr Turcotte has been the subject of numerous nominations and awards, notably at the ADISQ Gala and at the Les Oliviers Gala. Since 2004, he has acted as the jester-in-residence of the Tout le monde en parle television show on which he made his coming out in 2005, the year he also became the spokesperson for the Emergence Foundation.

About the Montréal Pride Festival
Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has promoted their rights and celebrated their cultural wealth and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual and gender diversity (SGD) in the Francophone world works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in LGBTQ+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2017, the festival generated a total attendance of 2.7 million visitors. In 2018, the festivities will be held from August 9th to 19th. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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François Laberge
Communications Director
[email protected]
Telephone: 514 903-6193, ext. 3523

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