Boston Pride returns this summer 'for the people'
The Boston Pride parade and festival is back in person this year for the first time since 2019 with a newly formed organization, Boston Pride For The People. The relaunched event intends to center the celebration around the people of the community.
Boston's Pride for the People parade and festival takes place on Saturday, June 10, on Boston Common and at City Hall Plaza. More events and activities will occur on Sunday, June 11, and throughout the month.
“The last time we came together, there was a different President, a different Governor, a different Mayor. The pandemic kept us apart for a long time," said Adrianna Boulin, President of BP4TP, in a press release. "Now, all of us are eager to reconnect, embrace each other as a community, and most importantly have fun.”
BP4TP was formed in 2019 to reimagine Boston's annual Pride celebration. They take on the responsibility of the festival after Boston Pride was dissolved in 2021.
The new organization has worked over the past year towards ensuring input on the Pride events included a broad range of voices in order to ensure people of marginalized communities feel "welcome and valued," according to BP4TP board member and an LGBTQ+ grassroots activist Jo Trigilio.
"Boston has a long history of advancing LGBTQ+ equality, and I’m so grateful to Boston Pride for the People to keep this legacy going and ensure the success of this year’s events," said Mayor Michelle Wu in a press release. The last time a Pride parade was held in Boston it drew thousands of people to the city.
The group has set a fundraising goal of $750,000 for the celebration. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the event can apply at www.bostonprideforthepeople.org.