FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Marissa Sullivan
(Boston, MA) – February 4, 2019 – Boston Pride has announced the new theme for 2019 Pride season and marshals for the Pride Parade. The decisions on the theme and marshals were made through online voting by the community. This year’s theme “Looking Back…Loving Forward” represents the recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and is meant to encourage the community to reflect back on the many challenges and incredible victories of the LGBTQ+ community in that time.
“The new theme ‘Looking Back…Loving Forward’ acknowledges the people and Pride groups who have come before us who have helped us strengthen our community,” said Linda DeMarco, Acting President of Boston Pride. “The fight for our rights must continue as well as fighting for our ability to love ourselves and each other freely without fear of hate or persecution.”
Boston Pride is also announcing this year’s marshals. The community voted Dale Mitchell, founder of the LGBT Aging Project, as Grand Marshal; Ava Glasscott, trans model and former Miss Trans USA Pageant contestant will serve as Marshal; and Honorary Marshal is the late Chris Harris, entertainment impresario and longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community, who passed away in January. The 2019 Pride Week kicks off with the annual Flag Raising at City Hall Plaza on Friday, May 31 and continues through Tuesday, June 11. The annual Boston Pride Parade and Festival are on Saturday, June 8.
“Boston Pride’s 2019 Parade Marshals represent a diverse spectrum of the LGBTQ community who have all made significant contributions,” said DeMarco. “We look forward to having Dale and Ava as marshals in the 2019 parade while we also honor the legacy of Chris Harris and his tremendous impact on the community.”