Boston Pride Festival & Concert
Civil rights lion Bayard Rustin famously stated, “When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” There lie the roots of Pride rallies and festivals around the world, where our queer community stands in unity and solidarity, to demand equal rights and dignity for all. The 49th edition of the Boston Pride Festival continues this tradition and returns to City Hall Plaza, for a day of community awareness and political rallying on the red bricks.
With over 120 exhibitors (for a full list, see page 56), including a food court, the Festival will feature local and national LGBTQ not-for-profit organizations providing health, growth, education, and diversity services. Grassroots queer organizations that promote visibility and connections within our community will display their work and invite the public to engage with their mission. Several Boston-based theater and dance companies will showcase their LGBTQ performances and entertainment. Finally, local queer-owned and operated small businesses will be selling rainbow merch, so everyone in our community can express their identities gloriously!
The Family Fun Zone, a specialty area for the youngest in our community, returns this year with a selection of activities, including crafts and games. The New England Zoo will bring an owl for a unique educational and interactive session with kids. Kids can have their faces painted and then strike a pose in the photo booth with fancy costumes donated by the Norwell Company Theater.
The brutalist backdrop that is City Hall will contrast with the buoyant and upbeat energy of the free Boston Pride Concert, headlined by Beth Sacks, Robyn S, and Todrick Hall (see page 58). Watch the concert from the Festival Bar, a shaded and elevated “box,” or purchase tickets for a meet-and-greet with these stars, including limited VIP access to guaranteed concert spots in front of the stage. All meet-and-greet ticket proceeds benefit the Boston Pride Community Fund (see page 88). •
The largest Pride gathering in New England draws in over 150,000 queers and allies this year both to celebrate the 50-year legacy of the Stonewall Uprising and to set the stage for the next five decades of our fight for inclusion, equity, and social justice. Credit: Hurley Event Photography.