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Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Boston Pride Parade

Boston Pride Week's signature event is happening on Saturday, June 8.

The 49th annual Pride Parade kicks off Saturday at noon in Copley Square and runs through the South End before ending with a festival on City Hall Plaza.

Organizers are expecting hundreds of thousands of people to show up. They are planning to welcome hundreds of organizations to the parade, with participants of all ages. The event gets bigger and bigger every year, as organizers continue to add more events and things for people to do.

This year's theme is "Looking Back, Loving Forward," recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Parade route

The parade route begins on Boylston Street between Clarendon and Dalton streets and runs through the following streets:

  • Start at Boylston and Clarendon streets
  • Turn right onto Clarendon Streeet
  • Turn left onto Tremont Street
  • Turn left onto Berkeley Street
  • Turn right onto Boylston Street
  • Turn left onto Charles Street
  • Turn right onto Beacon Street
  • Turn left onto Tremont Street
  • Arrival at City Hall Plaza on Cambridge Street

The festival

The Boston Pride Festival will be held rain or shine on City Hall Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The festival will feature a number of performances, exhibits and food options.

How to get there

Boston Pride encourages people coming into the city to refrain from using their personal vehicles if at all possible. Attendees are urged to use the MBTA and take the Green Line to Copley Square. You can check the MBTA website for schedules and routes.

Advice for visitors and spectators

  • Pack appropriately! The Pride Parade is a rain or shine event, so plan accordingly for the forecast weather conditions. Consider bringing sunscreen, plenty of bottled water and an umbrella or raincoat.
  • Watch out for your kids. Make sure children are safe at all times. As the crowds grown along the route, it may become difficult to keep an eye on the little ones. Make sure you watch for large vehicles and floats and refrain from letting them run towards vehicles.
  • Respect the instructions from the parade staff and volunteers. These individuals will be clearly distinguishable from the crowd. They are only doing their job and enforcing safety measures for the benefit of everyone.

Handicap viewing area

Boston Pride will have a handicap accessible viewing area near the entrance to the Pride Festival on the last segment of the parade route. Seating will be limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Email parade@bostonpride.org if you would like to reserve a seat.

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