Flag Raising

The official beginning of Pride is marked each year when the rainbow flag is raised high above City Hall. This government recognition, support, and celebration of our identities sends a powerful message to queer Bostonians. While we are unable to gather together at City Hall Plaza, our flag will still be raised, a symbol that even when physically apart, our community is still united in Pride. This year marks the first time that the Philadelphia Pride flag–the rainbow flag with brown and black stripes to signify our Black and Brown community members–will be hoisted up the flag pole to fly proudly above the City.

Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, Liz Malia, Boston Pride Treasurer Malcolm Carey will welcome the virtual crowd and speak about the importance of Pride in these times. Local performer Davron Monroe will sing the national anthem, and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will provide the soundtrack to the actual raising of the flag.

The Flag Raising Ceremony will occur on Friday, June 5, 2020, at noon. The event will be livestreamed on the Boston Pride website. For more information, please visit bostonpride.org/flag.


Friday, June 5

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The rainbow flag waving in the wind above City Hall marks the official start of Pride month. Credit: Marilyn Humphries.

Though the community cannot flock to City Hall Plaza for Boston Pride’s signature kickoff event, the shift to a virtual flag raising will hopefully allow an even larger crowd to come together in celebration. Credit: Marilyn Humphries.