What should I wear for the weather?
Right now, temperatures are looking fairly mild: mid-70s, with a chance of showers in the morning and then partly cloudy in the afternoon. That said, Pride Parade sunburns are as much a tradition as the parade itself (boas do NOT block UV rays), so be sure to wear sunblock and to carry a water bottle. Comfy footwear is a must as well, what with all the standing around and/or running after Elizabeth Warren to get a selfie.
In the evening, the temps get down as low as 60, so plan on having a light jacket on hand for all the after-parties. The sun sets around 8:18pm.
What is the Pride Festival and Concert?
The festival is where you can park the little ones, with a Family Fun Zone, local food vendors, and live entertainment. The Pride Concert is an all-ages show featuring “American Idol” contestant Todrick Hall, Robin S., and Beth Sacks. This year’s host is local “rising drag superstar” Amanda Playwith.
Where can I keep the party going afterward?
Granted, getting wild on a Sunday night is something your Monday-morning self will probably hate you for -- but if you can’t rage after Pride, when can you? If you’re looking for the after-party, you’ll likely find it at one of Boston’s best LGBTQ bars (which we’ve outlined in their own separate guide), including spots like Cathedral Station, DBar, and Club Cafe.
What can I do if I want to get more involved?
Before: You can donate at any time to Boston Pride, as well as purchase their swag, from T-shirts to flags to shopping bags.
During: Boston Pride is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization, so donating your own time is much appreciated. The org is still in need of volunteers for many of the weekend events, including the Parade, Festival, the Youth Dance, the Concert, and the Block Parties happening the following day. You can learn more about all the specific volunteer opportunities here.
If you’re posting on social media (and let’s face it, you probably are), use the hashtags #BostonPride and #Pride2019.
After: 2020 will be here before you know it, so register to vote if you haven’t already, then get involved in other voter registration drives. You can also attend any of the planning meetings for next year’s events and sign up for Boston Pride’s newsletter to learn about volunteering opportunities, year-round events, and more. Interested in joining Boston Pride’s Board of Directors? Take a gander at the application, then call the PrideLine at 617-262-9405 with any questions.