JP Block Party
Recently dubbed Boston’s largest intersectional Pride party, the annual JP Block Party brings together over 2,000 womxn, queer, transgender and nonbinary folks, drag kings and queens, along with families and friends of all ages. The 2019 edition, co-sponsored again this year by Kristen Porter Presents (Dyke Night®, The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda, and Drag Boston) will see Jamaica Plain’s Perkins Street transformed into a fun-filled oasis of diversity, featuring several cash bars (21+ to drink), a food truck, a drag show, available-for-adoption rescue dogs, DJ, dancing, and performances!
The event will include a Kids Zone, where our community’s little ones, and kids at heart, may enjoy face painting, games, a dress up selfie station with costumes donated by The Company Theater of Norwell, and, new this year, a long-awaited drag storytime! The 8th Annual Divas, Dogs & Drag™ Show will once again include lovable rescue dogs available for adoption on site.
Emcee Sapphira Cristál returns to host a delightful lineup of local talent. The stage at the JP Block Party will feature performances from graduates of Drag Boston’s King for a Day™ Drag King Course, an event made possible in part by the Boston Pride Community Fund. The show-stopping closing act will be diva Lakia Mondale.
After the show, the street morphs into one giant dance floor, with DJ L’Duke (LeahV). Her signature open-format mixing and seamless genre-blending sets have won her the Boston Music Awards DJ Artist of the Year and Improper Bostonian’s Boston’s Best DJ. •
Bring your loved ones of all ages down to the JP Block Party for drag, family fun, and dancing. You might even end up going home with a new, four-legged family member! Credit: Hurley Event Photography.