/2020 Boston Pride Parade
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General Information

Saturday June 13, 2020
11am – 4pm
START: Copley Square
FINISH: Boston Common
Rain or Shine

2020 Parade Application

The 2020 Parade application is now LIVE.
Click below to register.


2020 Pride Parade Fees

Hurry and register soon to take advantage of early bird pricing!
Click below to view fees


2020 Boston Pride Parade Celebrates 50 years of Pride!

On Saturday, June 13, 2020, Boston Pride will host its 50th annual Pride Parade and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating this exciting and important event! As of December 1st, registration for the 2020 Boston Pride Parade is now open.

Changes for 2020:

  • Parade start time is now 11am
    • Used to be noon
  • Marshal Orientation Training Sessions will now be held via teleconference!
    • Separate registration links for training will be posted in March.
    • Dates:
      • May 3 @ 1pm
      • May 7 @ 6pm
      • May 13, 18, 26 @ 6pm and 7:30pm
    • Currently no in-person training dates
      • Survey in Parade registration asks whether each Marshal will join one of the online trainings or if they would prefer an in-person training
      • We will set a date for an in-person training if necessary.
  • Increased Parade registration fees primarily for small and large businesses.
    • This is due to the fact that the parade has increased exponentially over the past 50 years and our fees were not in line with other similar Pride parades across the country. The costs associated with putting on the Pride Parade have increased significantly since we began the march in 1970.
    • Parade fees for small nonprofits and grassroots organizations have increased slightly with the major increase for the small and large for-profit business levels.
    • See fee schedule by clicking here
  • For security reasons, we must now limit all groups to a maximum of 100 marchers.
  • For security reasons we must limit the number of vehicles and floats.
    • 2019 had 173 vehicles/floats!
    • There is now a separate category for buses, trolleys and duck boats versus vehicles (like cars). Like last year, there is also a separate category for floats.
    • We must limit the total number of vehicles of any type (car, bus, float etc) to 130 for 2020
    • The limits will be enforced on a first come first serve basis, so register early!
    • We will continue to reduce this further in 2021

What you need before you register:

  • Verify your group is not already registered clicking here
  • Name and contact info for:
    • Primary point of contact
    • 2 Marshals
      • To facilitate the organization and smooth progression of the Parade, and to ensure the safety and security of all Parade participants and spectators, Boston Pride requires all Parade groups to designate two people to represent their contingent at the time of registration
      • 1 can also be the primary point of contact
      • Must supply 2 different people and their email address. Important information will be sent to the 2 Marshals
      • Must also indicate whether they will register for an online training or if they want an in-person training.
      • Email parade@bostonpride.org to change your Marshals.
        • No changes after May 1st!
  • Registration Category:
    • Small Non-Profit:
      • Registered non-profit organization with an annual gross revenue lower than or equal to $1,000,000 as recorded in Guidestar
      • This applies to politicians/political organizations/government agencies
    • Large Non-Profit:
      • Registered non-profit organization with an annual gross revenue higher than $1,000,000 as recorded in Guidestar
    • Solidarity:
      • Reserved for grassroots organizations that are not officially registered as a non-profit organizations
      • All student groups (you will need to submit a letter from your institution indicating your status as a Student Group)
      • Military groups
    • Small business:
      • Business, corporation or for-profit organization with less than or exactly 50 employees and/or less than or exactly $5 Million in revenues.
    • Large business:
      • Business, corporation or for-profit organization with more than 50 employees and/or greater than $5 Million in revenues
    • Employee Resource Group:
  • Estimated number of marchers
    • Includes people in a vehicle/bus/float
  • Brief description for your group that will be read by commentators. Please limit this to 2-3 sentences!
  • If non-profit, copy of a valid 501c3 certificate
  • If school group, letter of recognition from your institution
  • What your group will march with, if anything:
    • Float
      • Includes tow vehicle. Do not register tow vehicle separately
    • Vehicles
    • Bus/Trolley/Duck
    • Amplified sound
    • Power generator (you must obtain a permit)
    • Other sound (ie instruments)
  • Payment method (credit card or check)
    • Invoice provided on request after submitting application

Register AND submit payment by February 29th to lock in on the low fees!

Advice for Visitors and Spectators

Pack appropriately! The Boston Pride Parade is a rain or shine event, so plan accordingly for the forecast weather conditions. Consider bringing sunscreen, plenty of bottled water, and an umbrella or raincoat.
Have fun!
Watch out for (your) kids. Make sure children are safe at all times. As the crowds grown along the route, it may become difficult to keep an eye on the little ones. Make sure you watch for large vehicles and floats and refrain from letting them run towards vehicles.
Respect the instructions from the Parade Staff and Volunteers. These individuals will be clearly distinguishable from the crowd. They are only doing their job and enforcing safety measures for the benefit of everyone.

Accessible viewing area

Boston Pride will have a specially designated viewing area for individuals with reduced mobility and older adults. Location is still tbd but please email parade@bostonpride.org if you would like to reserve a seat.