Start: Copley Square
End: City Hall Plaza
There's nothing like celebrating Boston Pride in the heart of the city, close to all the city's 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 750,000 spectators are expected to attend the event. 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.
Like the Boston Pride 2017 and Boston Pride 2018 parades, the 2019 Boston Gay Pride Parade will impress everyone with its size and festivities that appeal to all age groups. The parade is set to take place in the Back Bay area, one of the city's most elegant neighborhoods. The parade kicks off on Saturday, June 8, at 12pm from Copley Square, and will wind its way through the city streets before finishing up at City Hall Plaza. Anyone who wants to join the parade is free to do so; registration is only required for organizations.
Recognizing 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, the theme of Boston Pride 2019 will be 'Looking back...Loving Forward', which aims to encourage the community to look back on the challenges and victories of the LGBTQ+ community at that time and, celebrate everything which has been achieved.
After the Boston Pride Parade, you'll want to conserve some energy for the popular Block Parties, which will be taking place the following day on Sunday, June 9. While the specific locations and times are TBC, there will one Block Party illuminating Back Bay, and the other in Jamaica Plain. If you are eager to experience some unique partying in Boston, add one or both of these Block Parties to your Boston Pride schedule.
The days leading up to the parade will also be fun-filled, with plenty of local businesses taking part in all the excitement. Faneuil Hall will host Pride Day on Saturday, June 1 and offer youth activities, drag shows, and local artists who are sure to delight all attendees. From 11am to 6pm on June 8, City Hall Plaza will host the Pride Festival, which will welcome over 100 exhibitors, along with a fun zone area for the kids. At noon, there will be a concert suitable for all ages, complete with sign language interpretation.
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!
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