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The Latin Quarter and the Village
The Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin), just south of the Plateau, has been a center of student life since the 18th century, when Université de Montréal students gave the area its name, and today it continues to infuse the city with youthful energy. When night falls its streets are filled with multinational hordes—young and not so young, rich and poor, established and still studying.
The Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) spreads across the district, along with theaters, restaurants and bars, bookstores, and cinemas. Some area businesses cater to a young clientele and their penchant for the loud and grungy, but the quarter is also home to some of the city's trendiest restaurants and nightspots. In summer, the streets of the Latin Quarter are busy with summer festival events, such as the Just for Laughs Festival in July.
But in late July, it's the Pride Parade in the Village (which some residents refer to as the "Gay Village") that many consider the biggest and most outrageous party of the year, attracting more than a million people who come to celebrate diversity.
Montréal has one of the most vibrant gay communities in the world, widely supported by residents of this proudly liberal, open-minded city. In recent years the municipal, federal, and provincial governments have taken it upon themselves to aggressively promote the Village and Montréal's gay-friendly climate as a reason for tourists to visit, including those who wish to wed, but its restaurants, antiques shops (on rue Amherst), and bars make it a popular destination for visitors of all persuasions. The lively strip of rue Ste-Catherine running east of the Latin Quarter is the backbone of the Village.
The Latin Quarter and the Village at a Glance
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