Boston has several reasons to be proud: Whether it’s because of the city’s resilience in the aftermath of the April Boston Marathon Bombings, the fact that its hometown hockey team will return to the Stanley Cup Finals, or the idea that it has one of the most passionate, involved communities around – no one can argue Boston is not a proud city.
There is no better proof of that last thought than at the annual Boston Pride Parade. The parade, in its 43rd year, marched through Copley Square, bent toward the South End and wound back uptown toward Government Center, beginning just after noon on Saturday.
Thousands lined the streets on a picture perfect day, not only to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community, but to reinforce “Boston Strong” at the very site from which that movement began.
MBTA bus routes 9, 10, 39, 43 and 504 will be diverted. Below is the Saturday, June 8 schedule according to MBTA:
No Service to Belvidere Street, Boylston Street or Clarendon Street.
Connections can be made at Huntington Ave and Gainsborough St or Dartmouth Street at Back Bay Station.
No Service to Berkeley Street or St James Avenue.
Connections can be made at Back Bay (Dartmouth Street) or Huntington Avenue and Exeter Street.
No service to Berkeley Street between Washington Street and St. James Avenue.
- No service to St. James Avenue, Huntington Avenue, Ring Road or Boylston Street (Copley Square).
Connections can be made at Back Bay Station or Berkeley Street and Washington Street.
No Service to Boylston Street, Arlington Street or Herald Street between Tremont Street and Washington Street.
Connections can be made at Back Bay Station (Dartmouth Street) or Herald Street and Harrison Avenue.
Patch was out marching in Saturday’s Pride Parade. Were you there?
This year’s parade took on special meaning after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. More than 35,000 people are expected to show their Boston Pride.
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Although Boston’s annual Pride Parade is intended to celebrate the city’s LGBT community, this year, in the wake of the marathon bombings, Boston Pride has taken on a whole new meaning.
Boston Pride organizers said that even a few days after the events at the marathon they knew this year’s event would be different.
“We felt that even our name was going beyond what it was understood to mean,” said Sylvain Bruni, a member of the Boston Pride Board of Directors. “We are an organization designed to promote awareness and inclusivity of the LGBT community, but Boston Pride is also about being proud of Boston and celebrating all of our diverse communities here.”
This year’s Boston Pride Parade, the culminating event of Boston’s Pride Week, will be bigger and better than ever, Bruni said. The parade, which takes place on Saturday at noon, will feature 247 organizations, up from 170 last year. As many as 35,000 people are expected to participate or watch the parade.
Wondering what’s happening in Boston for this year’s Pride Week? We’ve got the full schedule here:
Friday, May 31
- 12 p.m. – Flag Raising, City Hall, Boston
- 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Julie Goldman/Lady Centleman, Club Cafe (209 Columbus Ave.) Tickets: Click Here
Saturday, June 1
- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
- 3-7 p.m. – LGBT Senior Pride Tea Dance Holiday Inn (1200 Beacon Street, Brookline) Tickets are $ 12, available at the door.Hosted by LGBT Senior Pride Coalition.
Monday, June 3
- 6:30 p.m. – The Royal Pageant with Mimi Imfurst Machine (1254 Boylston St, Boston)
Tuesday, June 4
- 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. – Pride @ Night – “Tease” Paradise Paradise (180 Mass. Ave., Cambridge)
Wednesday, June 5
- 6-8 p.m. – Out In Sports: Moving Forward – A Panel Discussion on LGBT People in Sports Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St.) Boston
- 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. – Pride @ Night – Pride Weekend Opening Party Latino Gay Night Rumor (100 Warrenton St., Boston)
Thursday, June 6
- 7:10 p.m. – Pride Night @ Fenway Park Fenway Park, Boston
- 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. – Pride Queeraoke MIDWAY Cafe (3496 Washington St., JP) Donation $ 10 – Benefit for Boston Pride
- 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. – Pride @ Night – Glamlife Thursday Estate Night Club (1 Boylston Place, Boston.) Speical Guests: Latrice Royale, Raven and Jujubee
Friday, June 7
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. – Official Dyke March After- Party: Venus Rising Foundation Room, House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St. Cost $ 10 – 21+ DJ Maryalice
10 p.m. – 2 a.m. – Pride @ Night Queer Pride