June 10, 2013
The 43rd Annual Boston Pride Parade: An Insider’s View
by Sarah Silbert
This past week, Boston celebrated Boston Pride Week 2013, an annual event that embraces Boston’s diverse culture and fosters respect for and engagement in the LGBT community. I was invited to walk in the 43rd Annual Boston Pride Parade this year with a group from MSCPA–Angell. This was my first time ever attending Boston Pride. I was excited to support my friends in the LGBT community and to gain a unique perspective on the event by being a participant rather than a spectator.
Like any Boston outdoor event, you wonder what the weather could bring! The rain ended and the clouds parted just as the parade began on Saturday at noon. It turned into a hot, sunny day and many people lined the streets of the Back Bay, South End, and Government Center to watch us march.
This year’s parade drew record numbers – an estimated 150% increase from previous years! I was amazed by the positive energy and excitement of the onlookers. Surprisingly to me, many people recognized the MSCPA banner that led our team, and cheered us on as we walked by. I couldn’t help but smile and enjoy the moment. The day began as supporting those that may be different than me, but turned into appreciating those who just want to have fun and have a reason to celebrate!
What is your favorite Boston Pride Parade memory?