It’s Pride Month! And in Boston, we celebrate with a series of festivities. Here are a few highlights of what to see and do during Boston Pride 2017.
This year, Boston Pride Week kicks off June 2 with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall at 12 p.m. followed by Pride Night with a performance of Hedwig and The Angry Inch at Shubert Theatre at the Boch Center.
The festivities continue the next morning with Pride Day at Faneuil Hall. Mr. and Miss Pride will entertain the crowds at Boston’s iconic produce market turned retail and restaurant mecca. Catch the High Heel Dash for charity at 11 a.m., and live music throughout the afternoon, culminating in a big dance party at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, June 4, the AIDS Walk & Run Boston will commence at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell at 10 a.m. Thousands of participants raise money for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts as they race or walk the 6.2-mile route through downtown Boston.
Festivities continue into the next week as well. On Wednesday, June 7, Boston’s world-renowned Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a tour of its LGBTQ-themed art. Pride Night at Fenway, on June 9, brings a dance party to the right field roof deck before the Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers. That same night, Pride is also hosting its Paint for Peace Boston at Liquid Art House, in Arlington. Dozens of artists will gather there to flood social media with works interpreting “peace,” with this year also including a special tribute to the Pulse shooting in Orlando.
The week marches towards the vibrant Boston Pride Parade on June 10 at 12 p.m. in Copley Plaza. The parade starts at Boylston and Clarendon Streets and continues down Tremont, Charles, and Beacon Streets before ending at City Hall Plaza. A Family Zone will be set up so that everyone feels safe in the bustling crowds, and participants may want to consider arriving to the parade on foot or via the city’s public train system, locally known as the T, as parking might prove difficult.
Finish off Boston Pride Week with the Pride Brunch at 10 a.m. the next morning at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and then the Stronger Together Rally on Boston Common at 11 a.m., before heading to the celebratory Back Bay Block Party on St. James Ave from 1-9 p.m.