What does it take to move the masses? To get a large group of people who have been discriminated against and living in fear, to courageously bond together as one and take a stand? In the case of the LGBTQ+ community, it took the Stonewall Riots.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of an uprising the LGBTQ+ community took 50 years ago in New York City. In the early morning hours of June 28th, 1969, a police raid, against the LGBTQ+ community, took place at Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. The response to the raid was a series of spontaneous, and violent riots. These riots constituted the beginning of the LGBTQ+ liberation movement and sparked a fiery passion in the community to, at long last, take a stand for their rights. It is one of the single most important events in US history for the LGBTQ+ community. The Celebration of Stonewall 50 in New York City will end with an extravagant parade on Sunday, June 30, 2019. However, Boston Pride is featuring spectacular events to remember the challenges and celebrate the victories of the LGBTQ+ community at that time.
Boston Pride Week – 50 Years Later, Stronger Than Ever
To learn more about the Stonewall Uprising and celebrate Pride, Boston style, attend one or more of the following events and visit Boston Pride Week.
Author Talk Featuring Russ Lopez
Thursday, June 6th at 6 pm
Every city has its own LGBTQ community and history, and Boston-based writer Russ Lopez recently released an account of the LGBTQ+ presence in Massachusetts. Hear Russ chat about his work during this author talk. His account not only discusses the modern day LGBTQ presence but also goes back to the early colonial days.
Boston Pride Parade
Saturday, June 8th
The flagship, the pinnacle event of Boston Pride week is without a doubt the Pride Parade. A vibrant extravaganza featuring hundreds of floats and entertainment groups. This is a high-energy celebration and one we look forward to every single year! It’s a rain or shine event, so be sure to check the weather and pack appropriately!
Saturday, June 8th 11 am – 6 pm
Another flagship pride event is the Festival, which lasts nearly all day! For an entire day, you can stroll through over 120 exhibits, nosh on some tasty food, enjoy performances, and purchase all sorts of colorful merch. For the little humans, there will be a Family Fun Zone featuring crafts and games.
Back Bay Block Party
Sunday, June 9th, 1- 8 pm
It isn’t Pride Week without outrageous parties, and the biggest of them all is the Back Bay Block Party. All day long enjoy entertainment from the likes of DJ Dan Slater and DJ Dena. Dance your face off, enjoy hopping from bar to bar, and connecting with other members of the community.
Pride Night at Fenway Park
Tuesday, June 11th 7 pm
Support Boston Pride week and enjoy a game at the most iconic ballpark in the nation during Pride Night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox will be battling the Texas Rangers, and the energy and excitement will be a force to be reckoned with. Help close out Pride Week with a bang!
We’ve only scratched the surface of the available events during Boston Pride Week if you’d like to look over the complete schedule visit here. If you are coming in from out of town, we recommend choosing accommodations central to all of the events. Copley Square Hotel is conveniently nestled in Copley Square which lies in the heart of Boston near all the main Pride Week events. Discover our latest hotel deals.