Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall
Family fun and entertainment will be central to the day-long celebration of Pride in one of America’s top 10 most-visited touristic destinations! The so-called “Cradle of Liberty,” where the likes of Sam Adams congregated to exhort the crowds to fight for their independence, will play host to the 19th annual Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall.
True to its tradition, the event will feature emerging talents in our community and in our region, starting with no fewer than three dance troupes! Queens With A Mission (QWAM), Phunk Snap, and the UnKnown Hype Dance Company will perform their engaging, choreographed creations. The all-male crew of QWAM champions self-confidence across the Boston dance scene and the queer community. Born out of the phunk phenomenon, the gay dancers of Phunk Snap raise awareness for Sanfilippo Syndrome throughout the performing arts. The mixed crew of competitive dancers from UnKnown Hype promotes self-respect, discipline, and appreciation through dance.
But the dancing won’t keep to the stage, as spectators and onlookers alike are invited to shake-it-off on the brick and stone pavement. The celebration will feature its signature, energetic session, as Zumba with Jess returns to lead one of the largest, outdoor Zumba classes in our city.
Music and dancing continue throughout the day with a variety of local singers and performers, illustrating Boston’s best talent from our community. Two 16-year-old prodigies will grace the stage this year. Zola, of Cambridge, will bring her soulful rhythm to perform her single “Real to You” as well as excerpts from her maiden 2018 EP titled “In Plain Sight.” Longe, formerly Angelo David, of Boston, will rock the crowds to his own pop and alternative creations, including “House Is Burning Down” (a song about being bullied) and “Mirror” (an introspection) from his first album released in 2013. The stage will also welcome Pittsburgh-based singer and songwriter Rocki Boulis, who has worked with X Factor season one winner Melanie Amaro and co-wrote her first EP “Girl Code” with Victoria Monet.
The event will welcome a local band for a first-time appearance on the Pride stage. No/Hugs, an intense alternative group of four, will command the audience by combining their edgy and bold sound, featuring unique spurs of prog, blues and pop-punk, with massive vocals, in a virtuosic and vigorous performance.
Finally, under the auspices of Boston Pride Grand Marshal Dale Mitchell, visitors will learn about Ethos, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the independence, dignity, and well-being of the elderly and disabled through the coordination and delivery of high-quality, affordable home and community-based care. As the queer community ages, Ethos fills a key gap in providing resources and support to elders and elders-in-the-making! •
Folks of all ages flock to Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall for music, Zumba, drag, and dance. Credit: Marilyn Humphries.