Here visitors to the Boston Pride Parade & Festival will find helpful information and tips to help them enjoy Pride Day.
Pride Parade(scroll down for Festival Info)
Staging: Tremont St
East on Tremont St
Left on Berkeley St
Right on Boylston St
Left on Charles St
Right on Beacon St
Left on Tremont St
Exit at the Festival for marchers
Destaging on Cambridge St for vehicles
The top three locations to enjoy the Parade best are:
Charles St. between Boylston & Beacon
Berkeley St. between Tremont & Boylston
Beacon St. between Charles & Tremont
Each year, Boston Pride gives out awards to recognize Parade participants who demonstrated energy, creativity, originality, effort, enthusiasm, and diversity in their contingent. The following Parade Awards will be given out:
Best Marching Group
Best Adaptation of the Theme
Judges will be stationed at the corner of Columbus Ave. & Berkeley Street to evaluate all contingents!
- Pack appropriately! The Boston Pride Parade is a rain or shine event, so plan accordingly for the weather conditions. Consider bringing sunscreen, a hat or sunglasses, an umbrella or raincoat and comfortable shoes!
- Please remain on the curb and out of the street. Make sure children are safe and do not enter or cross the Parade route. As the Parade meanders through the streets, the throngs of costumed marchers, large trucks, floats and loud music can turn from entertaining to dangerous if safety guidelines are not followed.
- Respect the instructions from the Parade Staff and Volunteers – These individuals will be clearly distinguishable from the crowd. They are there to help maintain a safe and exciting day!
- Have fun!
The Pride Festival will take place on Saturday, June 11 at City Hall Plaza, right in the heart of downtown Boston. It is strongly recommended that you take public transportation to the festival. Given the large amount of people present in the city for the day’s events, traffic will likely be highly congested and parking will be limited.
By T: Take the Green or Blue lines to Government Center.
The main stage hosts local and national acts from noon – 6pm. Stay tuned for updates to the line up.
Centrally located at the Festival, the Jumbo-Tron showcases entertainers, announcements, and video clips of the Pride festivities. It’s the best way to keep an eye on everything happening on the plaza
The Boston Pride Festival hosts a Celebrity Lounge on the balcony of City Hall overlooking the festivities. From here, you can grab a drink, mingle with the talent and see the Festival from way above the action. $5 entry. 21+. Proper ID Required.
In 2010, the Pride Festival hosted over 100 vendors who provided everything from Pride-themed merchandise (look for the official Boston Pride tent!) to fun giveaways, pet and home supplies, services, clothing, and information pamphlets. Food vendors will also be on the plaza, so be sure to bring your appetite!
The Boston Pride Festival is a family-friendly event. We encourage visitors of all ages to join in the fun! For our younger visitors, we offer a safe space with fun activities and performers.
- Pack appropriately! The Boston Pride Festival is a rain or shine event, so plan accordingly for the weather conditions. Consider bringing sunscreen, a hat or sunglasses, and an umbrella or raincoat.
- Make sure children are safe. As the crowds pour in from the Parade it may become difficult to keep an eye on the little ones. Consider moving to the Family Fun Zone until the Parade is complete.
- Respect the instructions from the Festival Staff and Volunteers – These individuals will be clearly distinguishable from the crowd. They are there to help maintain a safe, informative and exciting day!
- Have fun!