All celebrations will take place later in the Fall, according to city and Pride officials.
Looks like we won’t have Pride celebrations this year either! Boston Pride and the City of Boston announced earlier in February that 2021’s Pride Parade and Festival would not be held in June this year due to the pandemic. Instead, they have been officially postponed until later in the Fall.
“While I know this was a difficult decision to make, postponing Boston’s 2021 Pride Parade and Festival is the right choice as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of all during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “In Boston, we are committing to living by the values of inclusion, diversity and acceptance, and that will never change. Our city will continue to support Boston Pride, and when safe to do so, the Pride Parade and Festival will be back and stronger than ever.”
This year marks Boston Pride’s 50th anniversary, but while we may not get to celebrate it as we had hoped to, there will still be plenty of virtual events and other celebrations taking place throughout the month of June including a country-wide Pride kick-off event from June 4 through June 6, Pride Lights virtual ceremonies and more!
We had hoped to commemorate Boston Pride’s 50th anniversary in June 2021 after having to cancel last year’s Parade and Festival due to the pandemic. We know that the pandemic has severely impacted the LGBTQ+ community and we are working on virtual events to bring together the community in June,” said Linda DeMarco, President of Boston Pride. “Over the last several months, we have pursued the difficult but necessary work of transformation and we want those efforts to be a central part of our Pride celebrations this year. Our community is concerned about racial equity, the resurgence of white supremacy, the needs of BIPOC members of the LGBTQ+ community, and the dangers that transgender individuals, particularly transgender women of color, face. We are inviting the community to participate in Pride with those concerns in mind.”
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