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Quebec City celebrates Pride

Fête Arc-en-Ciel attracts thousands to end-of-summer rainbow party

Festival director Olivier Poulin says Fête Arc-en-Ciel is now a fixture in Quebec City. Credit: Ruby Pratka
As summer draws to a close, so does Pride season — but that's no reason not to enjoy the last festivals.
 
Quebec City's ninth annual Pride — known as Fête Arc-en-Ciel in French, literally Rainbow Party — ran from Aug 29 to Sept 2.
 
Organizers had hoped to improve on last year's record of 15,000 attendees.
 
"With time, we've managed to make the Fête Arc-en-Ciel a fixture in Quebec [City]'s summer calendar," festival director Olivier Poulin says. "We see that in the increase in attendance, as much with people from the region as with tourists."
 
Check out Xtra's coverage on the evolution of Pride events in Canada. From Brockville to Lethbridge, smaller festivals have been popping up across the country.