There's nothing like celebrating Boston Pride in the heart of the city, close to all of its most beloved attractions. The Boston Pride Parade lets you enjoy the city to its fullest, and gives you an opportunity to see the inclusive nature that Boston is known for. This parade has been part of Boston's landscape since 1971, and an estimated 750,000 spectators are said to attend the event each year.
Following the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 in Greenwich Village, New York, the Homophile Coordinating Council was formed in Boston in 1970, to initiate the very first Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration in the city. While a full-scale Pride Parade did not take place, an exciting week of LGBTQ-related workshops and forums transpired in the city, with everything culminating to a gay dance at Charles Street Meetinghouse.
The very first official Boston Gay Pride took place a year later in 1971, with an estimated 300 marchers. It is said that the procession kicked off across the road from the Homophile Health Center on the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets. During the parade there was an ongoing debate and conflict between organizers and the police, something which would come to characterize the many Boston Prides to follow. Boston Pride was founded in strong political roots, with the parade of 1971 welcoming many protestors who demanded equal rights and anti-discrimination laws in the social, emloyment, and housing spheres.
To this day, Boston Pride remains as much an LGBTQ celebration as it does a political act, even if the USA, and the globe more generally, have made leaps and bounds in terms of LGBTQ rights. By nurturing unity, diversity, dignity, and visibility, Boston Pride aims to educate, communicate, and advocate by developing and strengthening connections within the community. As one of the oldest gay prides in the country, the parade is expected to grow in importance every year. Along with the incredible parade, block parties and concerts are also among some of the highlights of the event. So will we be seeing you in the state of Massachusetts for Boston Gay Pride this year. We sure hope so!
Bear in mind that there will be no Boston Pride Parade for 2022. See City of Boston page for details on other Pride events in June.
Boston Gay Pride 2020 will be taking place for an entire week, from June 5 to 16, with a host of different LGBTQ-related events, all leading up to the big Pride Parade on Saturday, June 13. The theme for Boston Gay Pride 2020 is #WickedProud, which celebrates 50 years since the first Pride celebration gathering in Boston. The highlight of Boston Gay Pride is arguably the incredible pride parade, which continues to impress everyone with its size and festivities that appeal to all groups. Things will kick off from Copley Square at 11am, and travel through the city streets before finishing up at Boston Common. Anyone who wants to join the parade is free to do so; registration is only required for organizations.
Looking to let loose during Boston Gay Pride 2020? Then the Boston Pride Festival is for you. This will transpire on Saturday, June 13 from 12pm to 8pm on Boston Common, and include a range of entertainment to keep the revelry alive. Along with this, enjoy 120 different exhibitors including local and national LGBTQ not-for-profit organizations offering health, growth, education, and diversity services. The popular Pride Concert will take place at 2pm, at the height of all the celebrations. There will also be a Family Fun Zone, which will include crafts and games for the kids.
But Boston Pride doesn't stop here. Those still reeling from all the fun on Saturday can keep their party spirits afloat at the iconic Back Bay Block Party, which will take place on Sunday, June 14 at Saint James Avenue, from 1pm to 8pm. Boston's Pride Block Party has become so popular, thanks to the impressive repertoire of local, national, and international queer DJs who keep the beats flowing. The current line-up is still TBD, so stay tuned!
For an entire week, leading up to the Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, the city will also host a series of different LGBTQ-related events. On Tuesday, June 9 from 6pm to 8pm, Pride Lights will honor those lost to AIDS, through a poignant lighting ceremony in Blackstone Square Park. The ceremony is not only intended to commemorate those lost, but also to draw light on the ongoing issues concerning the AIDS epidemic. Along with a massive light illumination, the event will comprise music and various performances. On Saturday June 6, you can also take the entire family to Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, a free event featuring drag, local artists, and youth acts.
So if you're looking for a solid pride event this year, you should definitely feature Boston Pride on your list - you'll be satisfied for sure!