Boston Pride Attends World Pride in Madrid
Representing the Local LGBTQ Community at Worldwide Event
(Boston, MA) â€“ June 29, 2017 â€“ Boston Pride announced today that it is representing the local LGBTQ community at World Pride in Madrid which is being held from June 26 – July 2.Â Sixteen members of Boston Pride are attending and will be marching as a contingent in the World Pride Parade on Saturday July 1st that is estimated to attract 3 million spectators.Â Boston Pride is also be representing InterPride at the WorldPride Park in Madrid Rio, a green space along the cityâ€™s Manzanares riverfront.
â€œBoston Prideâ€™s theme of â€˜stronger togetherâ€™ continues to hold true at the international level, as we are truly a global community of LGBTQ people who are fighting for equal rights for all throughout the world,â€ said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. â€œWe are representing our great city of Boston where we hosted the largest Pride celebration in history and we are thrilled to be participating in the largest LGBTQ event in the world in Madrid.â€
In a letter to Boston Prideâ€™s contingent traveling to World Pride, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, â€œAs a City, we will continue to promote and advance our diversity in any way we can. It is part of our collective strength of character, and it helps showcase Boston to the entire world. We stand with all communities and people who are struggling for basic rights, acceptance, visibility, safety, acknowledgement, and equitability. It sends a strong message for the LGBTQ community as we celebrate the unity and resilience of our strong city and our profound spirit.â€
World Pride in Madrid is a festival that celebrates diversity and freedom with cultural events, art, conferences, music, sports, solidarity and more.Â Since 2012, Boston Pride has worked to raise funds to send the contingent to World Pride. Boston Pride also participated in World Pride Toronto in 2014.
The 47th annual Boston Pride Parade and Festival, which took place June 2 to 11, included a record breaking number of groups and individuals marching in the parade. This yearâ€™s parade consisted of over 45,000 marchers from 331 contingents with over 550,000 spectators. An estimated 125,000 individuals attended in the Pride Festival at City Hall plaza.