Back Bay Block Party
Just dance. Like Gaga’s invitation to revel, the Back Bay Block Party stands the test of dancefloor times as it enters its 19th edition this June. The largest annual outdoor queer party in New England is much more than a yearly ritual to dress to impress and bust new moves in the Bostonian summer heat. A portion of each ticket sold to the event benefits the Boston Pride Community Fund, which, in turn, funds grassroots efforts in our community through grants (see page 88).
What’s goin’ on on the floor? Friendly community bartenders will greet you across from the park on the street, and offer, thanks to our partners Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Budweiser, a large array of delightful adult beverages (21+ to drink) and non-alcoholic concoctions for our under-21 and sober guests.
Spin that record, babe. Local favorite DJ Dena opens behind the decks with her first performance at the Back Bay Block Party. Following is this year’s headlining performer, Australian DJ-producer Dan Slater. Discovered through a talent competition at Sydney Mardi Gras (the down-under capital’s annual celebration of queer Pride), Slater impressively climbed the musical ladder to become a much-sought-after disc-jockey and remix-maker worldwide. He received top billing at major events and venues around the world and produced for eminent artists like Cher and Britney Spears. Slater brings the Back Bay crowd his trademark mixed Euro/Latino sound.
Shawty I can see that you got so much energy. So bring that prideful energy along with your rainbow friends and lovers to close out Boston Pride 2019 with a musical bang.
Woo! Let’s go! •
A dizzy twister dance: find your drink and dance partner at the Back Bay Block Party. Credit: Marilyn Humphries.