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.
1. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting a sunny day, with a high near 68 degrees.
2. Back From Vacation: Usually I do a better job explaining ahead of time that I’m taking a vacation, but with the events at this year’s marathon I actually felt quite guilty to leave! As it happened, police located Tsarnaev inside the boat just as I was boarding my plane to Iceland. I had never been so relieved! So if you’ve been missing my regular standard of South End reporting over the last few weeks, never fear, I am back, and I’ll be keeping you informed once again about news and happenings in the South End. I had an incredible vacation in Iceland and then in Paris, and I highly recommend both places. I’ve included just one photo from my vacation. Jealous yet?
3. SoWa’s Back: This weekend marked the beginning of the SoWa season, which will run from now through October, and promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Hundreds of vendors and crafters will be in the neighborhood every Sunday, including about 40 food trucks. See here for more details.
One week after thousands of people gathered on Boylston Street to cheer on runners as they crossed the finish line of the 117th annual Boston Marathon, several hundred people returned to the area to honor those who were killed and injured in the bombings that forever changed a Boston tradition.
At 2:50 p.m.—the time when, one week prior, the first explosion went off, followed 10 seconds later by a second—the city of Boston and communities throughout Massachusetts held a moment of silence.
With the Copley Square area still cordoned off as a crime scene, hundreds of visitors gathered behind fencing at the corner of Boylston and Berkeley streets where a makeshift memorial sprouted up in the week following the event.
The memorial, which features thousands of tributes such as flags, T-shirts, running shoes, posters, cards, teddy bears and flowers, has been moved off the street to the sidewalk outside the Bank of America building, presumably in anticipation of Boylston Street being reopened to the public—though a date for that opening has not yet been announced.