Boston is a place where all kinds of causes can come together to celebrate and make a change, including Pride. While Boston’s annual Pride Parade won’t be happening this year, it doesn’t mean that Pride is canceled. You can still visit the city and find ways to celebrate with the community. Whether you like to party, join the fight or both, you’ll find your own way of showing off your Pride here.
Pride Month in Boston
Boston Pride Kick-Off
The city will be hosting a Boston Pride Kick-Off that helps its LGBT+ community come together and make their voices loud and proud. Pride kicks off with a bang on June 1, so make sure you’re at City Hall to let the month truly begin. Starting at 5 p.m., City Hall will be lit with the colors of the rainbow and stay that way for the rest of the month. The mayor and members of Boston’s LGBT+ community will also speak at the ceremony to share this year’s theme of “PRIDE: Past, Present, and Future!” After the ceremony, stick around to find live performances from local artists that will welcome anyone who wants to join the party all month long.
For the first time ever, Boston will be hosting its first annual street fair at Night Shift Brewing. Pride Market will be held on June 4 in partnership with Boston Women’s Market to showcase over 20 local LGBT+-owned businesses. Stop by and find a gift for someone you love or something new for yourself while supporting the LGBT+ community. The market also celebrates the brewery’s newest release, Proud, so make sure you get a sip throughout the day. After your shopping is through, you’ll find even more fun waiting for you, such as raffles, food trucks and live music throughout the day.
Boston Dyke March
Pride isn’t just a celebration; it’s also a movement to recognize the struggles the LGBT+ community continues to face today and fight for change. The Boston Dyke March recognizes this and invites you to join their cause on June 10 for their 25th annual event. Stop by Boston Commons at 7 p.m. to march through the city alongside the community and create a place where all are welcome. There will be other programs throughout the night to spark the passion for change, such as music, speakers, poetry readings and a Fire Eating Ceremony to honor those who have lost their lives to violence. If you want to be a part of the movement, this is the event for you.
Road of Rainbows
If you’re looking for a way to get moving while showing off your true colors, join Boston Theater Company’s Road of Rainbows! This is their second annual 5k run/walk that allows all who participate to let themselves be who they want to be without judgment. Head to Boston Commons on June 11 and join the fun however you’d like, whether you run with your colors in the air or just want to take a slow walk. The event isn’t just for the LGBT+ community, as allies are more than welcome to run in support as well. No matter who you are, make sure you lace up your sneakers so you can run with Pride.
Sing We Our Tomorrow
Music has always been a way to let the LGBT+ community let their voices be heard, and the Boston Choral Ensemble wants to help this year. On June 12, stop by First Church Cambridge for their Pride concert, Sing We Our Tomorrow. The program includes songs written by LGBT+ composers as well as spoken word performances. Each piece highlights the history of the community in America as well as the struggles they’ve faced, allowing them to tell their story through song. Sing We Our Tomorrow wants to help listeners lift up their voices and show the world how far they’ve come.
Boston Urban Pride Weekend
Pride can be celebrated all year long, and this event wants to keep the fun going for a little longer, even when the month is over. Happening from June 30-July 3, Boston Urban Pride Weekend allows the Black, Brown and Indigenous LGBT+ community in Boston to come together and celebrate who they are with one another. The weekend is filled with a variety of events, including a youth roller skating party, a party on a boat ride around the area and a music and arts festival with local artists performing. However you want to party, this weekend is sure to have just what you’re looking for to show off who you are.