Frequently Asked Questions

When is Pride 2017?
Boston Pride Week 2017 runs from Friday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 11th, with the Parade & Festival taking place on Saturday, June 10.

What time does the Parade begin?

Where does the Parade begin?
Copley Square

Where is the parade route?
Start at Boylston St and Clarendon St
Turn right onto Clarendon St
Turn left onto Tremont St
Turn left onto Berkeley St
Turn right onto Boylston St
Turn left onto Charles St
Turn right onto Beacon St
Turn left onto Tremont St
Arrival at City Hall Plaza on Cambridge St

How can I register for the Parade and Festival?
Our environmentally friendly online registration system is fast and easy. Click on these links to register online for the Parade and Festival.

What is the history of the Pride Flag and what do the colors mean?
The rainbow flag was first used to symbolize gay pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker and the original was hand-dyed. It first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The flag consisted of eight stripes and Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors: hot pink = sex, red = life, orange = healing, yellow = sunlight, green = nature, turquoise = magic, blue = serenity, violet = spirit.  As of 2006, it currently consists of six colored stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. It is most commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colors appear in a natural rainbow. The rainbow flag, sometimes called the freedom flag, has been used as a symbol of gay pride and gay rights since the 1980s.

How is Pride paid for?
Pride is supported by organizations, businesses, and individuals who are committed to visibility and diversity in New England.

How can I make a contribution to Boston Pride?
You can become a Friend of Boston Pride (individual giving) or just make a donation here

You can also send donations to:
Boston Pride
398 Columbus Ave. #285
Boston, MA   02116

Do you recycle at Pride events?

Are Pride events handicap accessible?
Yes.  In addition, the following MBTA stations along the Boston Pride parade are handicap accessible:
Park Street
Downtown Crossing
Back Bay
State Street

How can someone advertise with Pride?
Please see our Pride Partners page for more information.