Boston Pride Parade
“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams unknowingly captures that rollercoaster feeling of marching in a Pride parade!
After kickoff at noon from Copley Square, the 2019 Boston Pride Parade will wander through the straight streets of the Back Bay, the South End, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, and finally Government Center to pour into the Boston Pride Festival on City Hall Plaza. Along the way, marchers and contingents will enjoy visual reminders of the history of our community in Boston: Stonewall 50 banners will recognize those places and locations, still in existence or long-gone, where queers fought for equality and dignity (see map on page 46).
Indeed, with a central theme of Looking Back, Loving Forward, the Parade will combine the recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with a hopeful message of love and strength, as many rights still require conquest. Participants in the Parade, whether marchers or spectators, will be encouraged to reflect on the many challenges and incredible victories of our community since 1969.
At the helm of the parade will be Grand Marshal Dale Mitchell, Marshal Ava Glasscott, Honorary Marshal Chris Harris, and Honorary Stonewall 50 Marshal Marsha P. Johnson (for more information on the 2019 Boston Pride Marshals, see page 48). The Transgender Remembrance section will honor those lives lost to transphobia and violence. A specially designated viewing area will be made available to individuals with reduced mobility and older adults at Tremont and Cambridge Streets. •
To paraphrase Tennessee Williams: Pride is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. Credit: Marilyn Humphries.