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The 2017 summer survey is now available! Boston Pride invites all members of the community to fill out the survey to provide us with feedback on the 2017 edition of the various Boston Pride events. Got something to say? Fill out the survey! Thank you in advance.

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You are invited to “Pride In Style” on July 13 in Cambridge!

Thank you to BoConcept Cambridge for hosting this wonderful (and free!) get together for our community, in support of Boston Pride!

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Boston Pride attends World Pride 2017 in Madrid, Spain

Boston Pride Attends World Pride in Madrid

Representing the Local LGBTQ Community at Worldwide Event

Boston Pride Members at World Pride in Madrid

 

(Boston, MA) – June 29, 2017 – Boston Pride announced today that it is representing the local LGBTQ community at World Pride in Madrid which is being held from June 26 – July 2.  Sixteen members of Boston Pride are attending and will be marching as a contingent in the World Pride Parade on Saturday July 1st that is estimated to attract 3 million spectators.  Boston Pride is also be representing InterPride at the WorldPride Park in Madrid Rio, a green space along the city’s Manzanares riverfront.

“Boston Pride’s theme of ‘stronger together’ continues to hold true at the international level, as we are truly a global community of LGBTQ people who are fighting for equal rights for all throughout the world,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “We are representing our great city of Boston where we hosted the largest Pride celebration in history and we are thrilled to be participating in the largest LGBTQ event in the world in Madrid.”

In a letter to Boston Pride’s contingent traveling to World Pride, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “As a City, we will continue to promote and advance our diversity in any way we can. It is part of our collective strength of character, and it helps showcase Boston to the entire world. We stand with all communities and people who are struggling for basic rights, acceptance, visibility, safety, acknowledgement, and equitability. It sends a strong message for the LGBTQ community as we celebrate the unity and resilience of our strong city and our profound spirit.”

World Pride in Madrid is a festival that celebrates diversity and freedom with cultural events, art, conferences, music, sports, solidarity and more.  Since 2012, Boston Pride has worked to raise funds to send the contingent to World Pride. Boston Pride also participated in World Pride Toronto in 2014.

The 47th annual Boston Pride Parade and Festival, which took place June 2 to 11, included a record breaking number of groups and individuals marching in the parade. This year’s parade consisted of over 45,000 marchers from 331 contingents with over 550,000 spectators. An estimated 125,000 individuals attended in the Pride Festival at City Hall plaza.

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Boston Pride Volunteer Thank You Party… a blast at Fenway Park!

The 2017 Volunteer Party was held at Fenway Park on June 21st. Here are couple photos of the celebration!

Thank you to MFS Investment Management for supporting our volunteers!

In the press box…

Our wonderful tour guide!

Enjoying the view from the top…

A magnificent view of the Park and of the city from up top!

Did you know Fenway Park had its own veggie garden??

Touring Fenway Park…

At the Green Monstah…

At the Green Monstah…

At the Green Monstah…

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Thank you for an amazing Pride 2017!

Record Breaking Numbers at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade and Festival

(Boston, MA) – June 16, 2017 – Boston Pride announced today that the 47th annual Pride Parade and Festival, which took place June 2 to 11, included a record breaking number of groups and individuals marching in the parade. This year’s parade consisted of over 45,000 marchers from 331 contingents with over 550,000 spectators. An estimated 125,000 individuals attended in the Pride Festival at City Hall plaza. New this year, Boston Pride created a Solidarity category to encourage small nonprofits to join the Parade and the Festival with a discounted fee. The Solidarity groups made up about 22 percent of the total groups participating in the parade, with nonprofit organizations making up almost 70 percent of the parade.

Among the groups marching were 29 survivors of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, who commemorated the year anniversary since the tragedy. As a special honor to the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting, trans* activist Renee Manning built a float and invited 1,000 people to dance along the parade route as part of a Grand Dance remembering those who were killed. Survivors of the massacre elected to join Manning and traveled the parade route on the float.

“The parade and festival were both enormously successful, but as importantly, they were historic,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride.  “It was particularly gratifying to march alongside the survivors of the Pulse tragedy, several of whom spoke about how welcoming the city of Boston was.  Celebrating with our community through tragedy and triumph is what Boston Pride is all about.”

This year’s theme, “Stronger Together,” focused on the current climate of political uncertainty and marginalization of LGBTQ people. It stressed the imperative that the diverse groups that comprise the LGBTQ community stand together and fight for civil rights for all.

“We want to thank our volunteers, community partners, sponsors, the City of Boston and all participants for making this our biggest Pride yet,” said Bruni. “With the Trump administration instilling fear in the LGBTQ community and other allied communities, it is more important than ever that we come together to stand up for our rights and our dignity. We are in fact stronger together.” The Stronger Together Rally, which was organized in solidarity with the Global Equality March for Unity and Pride of Washington, D.C., took place on Sunday, June 11. The speaking program included Mayor Martin Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, Representative Elizabeth Malia, Boston City Counselor Ayanna Pressley, community leaders, grassroots organizers, LGBTQ activists and Carmen Carrera, a Latina trans* activist, model and actress who offered her support to the local LGBTQ community.

“Boston Pride is grateful to all of those individuals who participated in the Stronger Together rally, particularly Carmen Carrera, who traveled a long way to offer inspiration and a message of hope to the community,” said Bruni.

Boston Pride also acknowledged the participation of the Parade Grand Marshal Kristen Porter, families of the Parade Honorary Marshals Norman Hill, Dr. Judy Bradford and John Michael Gray, friends of Boston Pride, the Boston Pride Advisory Council, the organizations that marched in the parade and were represented at the festival and the community from Boston and beyond.

Boston Pride is an all-volunteer organizations and will be seeking volunteers for next year’s Pride celebrations. Notices about meetings and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Boston Pride website.

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Today: Rally ft. Mayor Walsh, Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey and Carmen Carrera + more!

Join our community today at 11am at the Boston Common for the Stronger Together Rally. Speakers will include:

  • Mayor Martin Walsh, City of Boston
  • Maura Healey, Mass. Attorney General
  • Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, Massachusetts Senate
  • Rep. Elizabeth Malia, Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor-at-Large
  • Carmen Carrera, Trans Activist, Model and Actress
  • Renee Manning, Trans Advocate
  • Tyrek Lee, 1199 SEIU
  • Jennifer Childs-Roshak, Planned Parenthood
  • Gail Jackson-Blount, Mass. Women’s Political Caucus
  • The Protest Choir
  • Alejandra St. Guillen, Dir. of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement
  • Sam Chambers, LGBT Liaison for Mayor Walsh
  • Marco Torres, Boston Pride Board Member
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Today’s events: Sunday, June 11

Sunday, June 11
10am Pride Brunch
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse (217 Stuart St, Boston, MA)
The official brunch of Pride weekend in Boston!
Proceeds benefit Boston Pride’s programming.
11am
Flagship Event
new
Stronger Together Rally
Boston Common (Boston, MA)
>>get your free tickets now
1-9pm
Flagship Event
Pride@Night
Back Bay Block Party
St James Ave (at Berkeley St, Boston, MA)
>>tickets
1-8pm
Flagship Event
Pride@Night
JP Block Party
Perkins St (at Center St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
1:30pm
Pride Arts
Performance: and all the men and women merely players
Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St, Boston, MA)
10pm
Pride@Night
Pride Finale
Hot Mess at CandiBar & Guilt – Featuring Katya From RuPaul’s Drag Race and DJs Richie LaDue, Escape & Archy – Hosted by Fena Barbitall
CandiBar & Guilt Nightclubs (279 Tremont St, Boston, MA)
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Today’s events: Saturday, June 10

Saturday, June 10
10am-12pm Pride Services
Union Church, Old South Church
11am
Pride Arts
Performance: and all the men and women merely players
Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St, Boston, MA)
11am-7pm
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Festival
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon-7pm
Flagship Event
Festival Bar
Across from the stage at City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon-7pm
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Concert
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Parade
Copley Square to City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon
Latinx Pride
Latinx Pride Parade Float and Contingent
Copley Square (Boston, MA)
2-7pm
Pride@Night
Esme Women’s Block Party
Entrance at the corner of Tremont and Lagrange St (Boston, MA)
6-10pm
Flagship Event
Youth Pride
Boston Pride Youth Dance
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
>>tickets
7-10:30pm
Latinx Pride
Black Pride
Pride@Night
PrEP for Pride Community Boat Cruise
Mass Bay Lines (60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA)
>>tickets
8pm-2am
Pride@Night
LUSH Pride Party
Machine Nightclub (1254 Boylston St, Boston, MA)
>>tickets
10pm
Pride@Night
Pride@Night Main Event ft. DJ Abel
House of Blues (15 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA)
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Today’s events: Friday, June 9

Friday, June 9
5pm
Latinx Pride
Black Pride
Screening: Kiki
Fenway Health (1340 Boylston St, Boston, MA)
6pm Boston Dyke March
Event organized by the Boston Dyke March Committee.
Parkman Bandstand (Boston Common, Boston, MA)
7pm
Pride@Night
Paint for Peace Boston
Liquid Art House (100 Arlington St, Boston, MA)
7:10pm
Flagship Event
Pride Night @ Fenway Park
Red Sox vs. Detroit Tiger
Fenway Park (4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA)
>>tickets
9pm-1am
Pride@Night
Official Dyke March After-Party
Milky Way (284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
>>tickets
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Today’s events: Thursday, June 8

Thursday, June 8
8pm-12am
Pride@Night
new
Boston Bear Pride 2017: Bears Bare It All
Paradise Cambridge (180 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA)
All money raised at this event will be donated to the Mass Trans Political Coalition (MTPC) and Boston Pride’s Community Fund.
8pm-1am
Latinx Pride
Black Pride
Pride@Night
If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It
Milky Way (284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
10pm-2am
Pride@Night
Pride Queeraoke
Midway Cafe (3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
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