Boston Pride announced today that it will be representing Boston and Massachusetts at the 2014 WorldPride celebration in Toronto that is being held from June 20 â€“ 29, 2014.Â Boston Pride will promote the Boston area and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as premiere LGBT destinations that are friendly, open, safe and accepting of all.Â Boston Prideâ€™s attendance at WorldPride in Toronto is supported by grants from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and the Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT.)
“The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is very pleased to be partnering with and financially supporting Boston Pride to promoteÂ Boston, Cambridge and the region at WorldPride in Toronto. This week long celebration is a unique opportunity for the Boston and Massachusetts visitor industry to showcase to the world all that Boston offers. We are very grateful Boston Pride asked us to support their WorldPrideÂ initiative and to partner with them,” Patrick Moscaritolo, CEO, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau said.
Boston Pride, a founding member of InterPride, is sending a 16-member delegation to WorldPride in Toronto including board members, long term members of the Pride Committee including members of Latino Pride and Black Pride, Boston Police LGBT liaison Javier Pagan and former Grand Marshal Fast Freddy Murphy.Â While at WorldPride, Boston Pride will participate in the Travel Showcase of the WorldPride Festival on Saturday, June 28, and march in the WorldPride Parade on Sunday, June 29, with InterPride.
â€œBoston Pride is truly grateful for the support from the GBCVB and the state as we visit to Toronto to celebrate at WorldPride and to spread the word about the wonderful travel opportunities in Greater Boston and Massachusetts for the LGBT community,â€ said Sylvain Bruni, President, Boston Pride.Â â€œAfter coming off a successful Pride Week with more than 30 events culminating with the annual Pride Parade and Festival that attracted almost 500,000 spectators, we want to make the world aware that Boston and Massachusetts are top destinations for LGBT visitors.â€
At WorldPride, Boston Pride will represent all Pride organizations in Massachusetts including Boston Pride, Worcester Pride, Springfield Pride, Northampton Pride, North Shore Pride and Provincetownâ€™s Carnival celebration.
â€œWe invite all of our friends from Massachusetts who will be in Toronto for WorldPride to march with us on Sunday, June 29,â€ said Bruni.
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Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.
WorldPride is an international event that brings together LGBTTIQQ2SA* people from around the world to honour our past, celebrate the present, and inspire a better future for our communities everywhere. InterPride, the international association of LGBTI Pride organizations around the world, awards the licence to host WorldPride to one of its member Prides every few years. The mission of InterPride is to increase the capacity of its members to raise awareness of cultural, social and legal inequality, and to effect positive change through education, collaboration, advocacy and outreach. Pride Toronto will host the first WorldPride event ever held in North America from June 20 to 29, 2014. The first WorldPride celebration was held in Rome in 2000, followed by Jerusalem in 2006, and most recently London in 2012. After Toronto, the next WorldPride will be held in Madrid, Spain in 2017. Toronto willÂ hand over the emblem to the next host city as part of the closing ceremony in 2014.