Boston Pride Week to Kick off on June 6th

shutterstock_137191982Taking place from June 6th through the 15th, Boston Pride Week is offering a week of fun events for people of all ages, cultures and identities. While the highlight for many is the parade, which will take place on June 14th at 11:00 am, there are a variety of events to enjoy throughout the week.

With a Mission Statement to produce events that help “achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness” throughout the Boston area, the organizers of the Boston Pride event strive to “educate, communicate, and advocate” by strengthening connections within the community. Similarly, the Vision Statement is to promote community engagement and inclusivity.

Events for Boston Pride Week kick off on Friday, June 6th, with a flag raising at noon. Taking place at Boston City Hall, the event involves raising a rainbow flag next to the city’s other flags. The following day, Pride Day at Faneuil Hall will take place at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Taking place rain or shine, the event will include Zumba, the South End Showstoppers Dance Team, the dancers of Phunk Phenomenon and other entertainers.

The LGBT Senior Pride Tea Dance will take place on Sunday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Holiday Inn on 1200 Beacon Street. Hosted by the LGBT Senior Pride Coalition, the event costs $12 and tickets are available at the door. The Human Rights and Education Forum will take place the following day from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, while the [email protected] Pride event will take place on Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The [email protected] Pride Committee strives to help create a supportive and inclusive environment for Latin LGBT people.

Several events are scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 12. Pride Queeroake will take place from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am at MIDWAY Café at 3496 Washington Street. The Mix-n-Mingle at this popular event will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, while the live performances kick off at 9:00. Queeraoke Gone Wild starts at 10:00, with DJ Moxie and DJ Summer’s Eve playing dance tunes and karaoke all night long. The event will also feature a photo-booth, themed drinks, door prizes and giveaways. There is a $10 cover charge for the event, with all proceeds going toward Boston Pride.

Pride Night at Fenway Park also kicks off at 7:00 on Thursday night, with tickets available for as little as $28. Yet another option is to take in the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’ Pride Concert at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, located at 30 Gainsborough Street. The event kicks off at 8:00 pm. The show will also take place on Friday at 8:00 pm and on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

On Friday, the Boston Dyke March takes place at Boston Common Gazebo at 7:00 pm, with the after party taking place at 9:00 pm at Milky Way. The Boston Pride parade takes place on Saturday at 11:00 am, with the festival taking place from noon to 6:00 pm at City Hall Plaza. Several parties will be taking place on Saturday, including the Esme Block Party, the Boston Pride Youth Dance, the Lush Pride Party, the LesbianNightLife Women’s Dance Party and the Main Event with DJ Abel.

On Sunday, the JP Block Party will take place from noon to 7:00 pm, while the Back Bay Block Party will take place from noon to 8:00 pm. For a full schedule of events and festivities for the entire week, visit the Boston Pride calendar page.

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