Written by Erica Spina on 07.10.14

Montreal is no stranger to events and festivals that take place throughout the year. There is a festival for everyone, and this year marks the 24th edition of the Black & Blue Festival. The festival is from October 8th to October 14th this year, so there’s a chance for everyone to participate.

The Black & Blue Festival is commonly celebrated by (but not limited to) the gay and lesbian community of Montreal. Founded by the Bad Boy Club Montreal (Foundation BBCM), the festival has various locations around Montreal with the main event taking place at Montreal Convention Center (Palais des congrès) on October 12th, 2014. The main event is titled Metropolis, a film set in Montreal by Fritz Lang, and will have a retro-futuristic theme.

The Black & Blue Festival features different activities such as, major dance parties, cultural and artistic events, sports events, brunches, expositions (to name a few), that require tickets or are free (anywhere from $10-$150).

Other major events include the Bal en Cuir on October 10th at L’Usine C and the Jock Ball at Club Apollon on October 9th. They sure do know how to throw a party, with multiple events at various clubs around the city. Don’t forget to check out their closing party at Cabaret Mado on October 14th. Sit back and watch Mado roast you (or the people in front of you) with hilarious and completely appropriate jokes (we may be stretching the truth a bit here).

Besides having fun, the only other rule of the festival is that you wear black and blue attire. It is a festival that brings together people of all different sexual orientations and helps in raising funds to combat HIV/AIDS.

For information on activities and tickets, check out their website.

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