Boston Pride: Parade and Festival to Celebrate Unity

10 Jun

You are in the middle of Boston Pride week, which you may or may not know. Boston Pride seeks “to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity; we educate, communicate, and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.” (So much easier to copy and paste than try to sounds all
smart and eloquent, at least smarter than the organization. My view: they worked hard on their mission statement, give them some credit.).

The theme this year is EQUALITY. No More. No Less. Boston Pride works to put on a series of events,
culminating in a parade, throughout the week to celebrate diversity and unity. There are an unbelievable number of events that happened this past week (sorry, this post is late) but there are even more this weekend. The parade, which is the focal point of all of this, is Saturday, June 11th. It starts at noon on Tremont Street in the South End. It then winds its way through Boston ending at, where else, Government Center.

Also taking place on Saturday is the Pride Festival, which is at City Hall Plaza from 12-6. As with most festivals, there promises to be food, vendors, music and cocktails. And because it is Boston Pride, probably some half-naked men and a lot of glitter.

I have never been to Pride Boston. I have never been in Boston during it. But some of my very good friends have (gay and straight) and they all love the feeling of unity and diversity. And they love the half-naked men. It sounds like it may be a little uncomfortable for me, but so much fun. It may be worth checking out if you are at all interested, because, well, if nothing else, you will most likely have good stories to tell your friends.

I would also check the website for a full list of events. I obviously did not list them all, just the two main ones this weekend- the
parade and the festival.


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