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Crowds Take To Boston's Streets For Pride Day Parade

This year's slogan for Pride was "Stronger Together" -- and that celebratory, but determined, feeling filled the parade route. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
This year's slogan for Pride was "Stronger Together" -- and that celebratory, but determined, feeling filled the parade route. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)

Crowds packed Boston's streets Saturday for its 47th annual Pride Day Parade, which made its way through downtown and the South End.

This year's slogan for the parade was "Stronger Together" — and that celebratory, but determined, feeling filled the parade route.

For Northeastern University student Damla Cehreli, this year marked their first time going to the parade. They didn't attend last year because they were afraid to go after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

"But I realized that life is too short and there's things to do," Cehreli said. "And I realized my friends are going to come with me, and that made me feel comfortable. And I need to experience it, and I think I'll go to every one after this if I can."

With shouts of "Thank You Boston!" survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting pass the Boston Public Garden in the 2017 Pride Parade nearly one year after the attack. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
With shouts of "Thank You Boston!" survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting pass the Boston Public Garden in the 2017 Pride Parade nearly one year after the attack. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)

Boston resident Ellen Kempner said this was her second year in a row attending the Pride Day Parade and that she was happy to celebrate with her friends.

"I spent a lot of my life not proud to be gay, and now I can be and it's a good feeling," Kempner said.

Dee Thompson, of Dorchester, said she was looking to see what politicians appeared at the parade — and what kind of action they had taken to support the LGBTQ community.

"Just putting some policies in place such as, you know, when they signed the gender rights bill. That was very positive," Thompson said. "No one should be refused the right to go the bathroom, cuz they'll have to go to the bathroom no matter what their gender is."

(Kassandra Sundt/WBUR)
(Kassandra Sundt/WBUR)

Also along the parade route was Kenya-native Maina Muthee. Muthee, a New York resident, said he was in Boston for a family event and that he attended Saturday's parade because he wanted to celebrate "human freedom" with his daughter Abigail.

"I'm here to remind myself, and to help others remember, that that freedom has been hard earned, and we shouldn't take it for granted," Muthee said.

Kenya-native Maina Muthee with his daughter Abigail at the Pride Day Parade in Boston on Saturday. (Kassandra Sundt/WBUR)
Kenya-native Maina Muthee with his daughter Abigail at the Pride Day Parade in Boston on Saturday. (Kassandra Sundt/WBUR)

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A dog in a wheelchair walking with Sweet Paws Rescue is one of of the many festively dressed pets at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
A dog in a wheelchair walking with Sweet Paws Rescue is one of of the many festively dressed pets at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence stay cool in style with fans and parasols as they wait to begin their march in the Boston 2017 Pride Parade. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence stay cool in style with fans and parasols as they wait to begin their march in the Boston 2017 Pride Parade. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
Jolie, 3, and Bella, 6, recieve stickers at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
Jolie, 3, and Bella, 6, recieve stickers at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
Attendees at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade on Saturday. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
Attendees at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade on Saturday. (Elizabeth Gillis/WBUR)
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