Boston might be known for its old-school historic mentality, but it really does have the other foot in the modern world, working toward progress. During National GLBT Month (June), Boston has its iconic Pride Week. This year, it will run from June 2-12 with activities ranging from Family Fun to 21+ revelry.
While the week kicks off with entertainment like talent shows and other drop-in endeavors, the biggest attention-getters of them all comes on the last weekend: the Pride Parade and it’s respective block parties.
On Saturday June 11, the Parade will start in the South End on Tremont Street at noon, rain or shine. From there, it will cruise, flow and dance it’s way happily down Berkeley Street, over through the Boston Common on Charles Street, bang a right on Beacon Street, and head left toward Government Center and Faneuil Hall (from anytime between 1-3pm), where the festivities continue.
Expect a mix of merchandise booths, kid-friendly fun like Aquarium exhibits and face painting and of course extreme partying. The 21+ crowd will likely head to the special event at the Celebrity Lounge where a DJ will spin, and lots of fabulous raging will occur into the wee hours.
The next day, for those who aren’t dangerously hung over, there will be two block parties: one on Stuart Street in Back Bay (12-8pm), and another on Perkins Street in Jamaica Plain (12-7pm). Bring $10 for admission, and your 21+ ID to dance until you realize you have to work the next morning.
So raise your glass – and your rainbow flag – to Boston Pride.