Phenomenal Parade

Phenomenal Parade 2019

  • Saturday October 5, 2019
    • Free admission

A poetic, participatory and community-based parade on the streets of Mile End!

The 2nd edition of the Phenomenal Parade will take place Saturday October 5th, 2019, in the afternoon (postponed to the following day in case of rain) on the streets of Mile End. The Parade will wrap up with a musical show for all ages. The festivity will include street artists and marching bands, community organizations and citizen groups, all dressed up in costumes that fit the colors and themes of this 2nd edition.

Infos:

  • Saturday October 5th, 2019, in the afternoon (postponed to the following day in case of rain)
  • Distance from start to finish: 1 km
  • Music show for all ages at the gathering point
  • Free event for all ages, communities and abilities
Parade Phénoménale 2017 — Excerpts

A poetic, participatory and community-based parade on the streets of Mile End

Extravagant, community-based and non-commercial, the Phenomenal Parade is a biannual event, as well as a public and artistic occupation of public space. The Parade’s goal is to offer a grand, creative, colorful and vibrant event to the public — one that is inclusive and open to the participation of all.

The 2nd edition of the Phenomenal Parade will take place Saturday October 5th, 2019, in the afternoon (postponed to the following day in case of rain) on the streets of Mile End. The Parade will wrap up with a musical show for all ages. The festivity will include street artists and marching bands, community organizations and citizen groups, all dressed up in costumes that fit the colors and themes of this 2nd edition:

  • Birds: hues of blue and violet
  • Flowers: hues of red and pink
  • Spirit of the forest: hues of green and brown
  • Steampunk: hues of black and bronze
  • Celestial bodies: hues of yellow and silver
  • Walking museum: all colors
  • Imaginary animals: all colors

This year, Phenomena Festival has once again partnered up with Mile End Fairy Patsy Van Roost to invite citizens to be at the core of the event by joining one of our thematic parade blocks. Community-based organizations, coops and associations will also be taking part in the event. The Phenomenal Parade offers an artistic platform for socially-engaged organizations by inviting them to a moment of poetic and subversive folly. Through a couple of costume-and-accessory-making workshops, participating organizations will explore the creativity of their members within a framework of sharing and togetherness.

Are you interested in participating in the Parade? Here is what you can do to be a part of the event:

As a group

If you are a member of an organization, an association, a community group or a CO-OP that is interested in taking part in one the thematic parade blocks, send us a message at lesfilles@electriques.ca. Send us a description of the organization, the expected number of participants, and the contact information.

As a citizen

Would you like to dress up in a costume and parade down the streets with us on October 5th? Sign up by filling out this form in order to discover the different ways of participating in the Parade, be it alone, with family, friends or neighbors. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up to receive Les Filles électriques’s newsletter. We will be sharing costume-and-accessory making tutorials, as well as inspiring images for costume creations, on our Facebook groups (one group per thematic block) and on our Pinterest page. Whether you are a Mile End or Montréal resident, or you’re simply passing through town, everyone is invited to take part in this unique and poetic event!

As a volunteer

Are you interested in being part of the dream team making sure the 2019 Phenomenal Parade runs smoothly? We are looking for resourceful, versatile and energetic volunteers to help out with a variety of tasks. Sign up by filling out this form and we will contact you thereafter.

Infos:

  • Saturday October 5th, 2019, in the afternoon (postponed to the following day in case of rain)
  • Distance from start to finish: 1 km
  • Music show for all ages at the gathering point
  • Free event for all ages, communities and abilities
Parade Phénoménale 2017
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Parade Phénoménale 2017
Parade Phénoménale 2017
Parade Phénoménale 2017

A poetic, participatory and community-based parade on the streets of Mile End

Extravagant, community-based and non-commercial, the Phenomenal Parade is a biannual event, as well as a public and artistic occupation of public space. The Parade’s goal is to offer a grand, creative, colorful and vibrant event to the public — one that is inclusive and open to the participation of all.

The Phenomenal Parade had its first edition on October 8th 2017, as a part of the 375 Viaduc project. A parade composed of 300 people walked in total euphoria across the Van Horne Viaduc (where one lane was blocked from traffic) from Saint-Denis street all the way to Saint-Urbain. Citizens, parents, children, young professionals and seniors — all dressed up in homemade costumes, and accompanied by street artists, rollerblading brides and The Van Hornies marching brass band — paraded along the street under the amazed gaze of 800 spectators of all ages gathered on the Viaduc.

The parade was comprised of five thematic blocks divided by colors and themes:

  • Flowers and candy (hues of pink and red)
  • Deep sea spirit: sea creatures, aquatic flora, mermaids, etc. (hues of blue)
  • Ancient Egypt’s Pharaohs, bling bling and golden glamour (hues of yellow and gold)
  • Forest spirit: foliage, fur and animals (hues of green)
  • Wedding dresses and white attire (white)

The parade wrapped up with a family event at the Parc Sans Nom, which included the young musicians of L’Enfant Fort and the Carmagnole Fanfare, followed by a fabulous fire act created by Izza Flambe and the Beaux-Morts-du-Fjord of the AbracadaBOOM Cirkus.

Phenomena Festival partnered up with Patsy Van Roost, the Mile End Fairy, to mobilize residents of neighboring streets. We sent out invitations to neighborhood residents’ letterboxes, encouraging them to create their costume according to the theme assigned to their respective street. Neighbors, families and friends shared a moment of pride and folly. The Santisouk Housing Co-op, home to four-generations of families of Lao origin, took part in one of our theme blocks with much enthusiasm.

Both participants and onlookers appreciated the parade’s innovative and participatory approach, one that shines a light on the magical and poetic aspects of the location itself. We might be so bold as to say that the Phenomenal Parade entered the neighborhood’s collective imaginary. The public’s enthusiasm indicated the extent to which people recognize the quality of a poetic event that not only provokes awe, but also creates connections between people and opens up the public’s imagination.

The 2017 Phenomenal Parade was made possible with the support and partnership of Bell Canada, the Foundation of Greater Montréal, l’arrondissement du Plateau-Mont-Royal, and the Caisse Desjardins des Versants du mont Royal.