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Pride on full display in Boston

Woman with multicolored parasol

Matt Frank took in the annual Pride parade today, reports a lot of parasols were out on the sunny day.

Men dancing in the Pride parade

He also spotted Mrs. Mallard and ducklings in their Pride finest:

Mrs. Mallard and ducklings dressed for the occasion

Paul Nutting Jr. noticed that even normally dour Edgar Allen Poe dressed up for the day:

Edgar Allen Poe in Pride colors


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At last, a city parade without assaults or arrests.


but not parade participants.

Were there anti-gay folks somewhere along the parade route? (Not where I was, in front of Liberty Mutual on Berkeley Street)

Watermelon brigade.


I stayed at the Common and Government Center and there were a good number of anti gay religious types pushing themselves on people and a few clearly not well individuals muttering homophobic stuff while walking through crowds but they didn't seem like the violent types, although a few seemed unhinged enough that I imagine after a few hours of ramping themselves up maybe they would do something.

At the very end of the stage on the Common there was an altercation that broke out right in front of the stage but the organizers were up on the stage like a lightning bolt demanding people be respectful and the police were right there. The whole thing took like thirty seconds. I imagine that instigator was arrested. I couldn't see what happened but they were on top of it fast.


Pro Palestine crowd, they caused issues across the country yesterday.

In Boston here’s a link.



Hamas is not exactly LGBTQ friendly.


Hamas is not exactly LGBTQ friendly.

You know what? They can get in line.

Your disingenuous concern-trolling bullshit isn't fooling anyone, but for those who need it unpacked: this was a Pride event taking place on Boston Common. There absolutely were threats to LGBTQ people present, but Hamas was waaaaay down the list if they were there at all. The only thing that phobes like you have to say to/about LGBTQ people is veiled insults (at best), unless and until you see an opportunity to attack Muslims. Then you pretend concern (of a sort) for LGBTQ people because you want to use us as a weapon to attack another group you hate.

As I once said to someone at a campaign event for a Muslim candidate, "I'm not worried about the Muslims, I'm worried about the Christians."


Both anti-genocide and anti-gay people can clamor for attention scraps at the same parade.


I don't know why you are noping my direct observation of what I personally saw. Please read my comment again and tell me how your comment is directly related to mine. Did I say this was what happened across the whole parade? Nope...


Hit a cop in the face with a (full) water bottle


Three individuals were arrested for attacking the police who were there to keep the peace. Otherwise, a perfect parade.



Anyone know the story behind the Pride for the People shifting back to heavy corporate presence in this year's Parade? I was under the impression that a big part of the collapse of the old organization and replacement with current group was the sense that the parade had too many big businesses (TJ Maxx, Delta Airlines, Santander Bank types) but yesterday they all were back (fine by me because it shows how far our culture has come).


of the parade, which may have been a change from previous years. (It's been too long since I last attended one of these, so my memory is hazy.)

List of sponsors
Parade lineup by position

(which was a co-sponsor of the parade) because Fidelity donor-advised funds gave money to anti-gay organizations. Photos


Money changes everything

Is corporate takeover desirable? No. But if you think about the history of Pride, the entry of corporate sponsorship is both a recent thing and an indicator of how much things have changed.

There was a time in the mid-90s when the NY to Boston and LA to SFO AIDS Rides couldn't find sponsorship, and it was considered very very out there for Tanguray to step up and underwrite the events that raised funds for AIDS research and outreach.

Yes, there are limits to how much that money should say about how the parades and events roll out. But it speaks to the economic power of pro-gay messaging in the modern world - unthinkable even 30 years ago, let alone 50.


It was at least 2 hours and 20 minutes between the first and last parade marchers, from where I was standing in front of Liberty Mutual on Berkeley Street. A perfect day for it. Everyone in the parade and on the sidelines was having a great and joyful time, except for the one angry group of marchers who were wearing kaffiyehs and yelling "Intifada!"


Great shots! I'm not very good at full documentation of events, I have things I tend to focus on or catch my attention. Details, juxtapositions, where the person is in relation to the world around them. It often leaves quite a few things out.

I do like parades for my style of photography though because being in a parade is pretty much inviting you to take photos so it's so much less awkward than outside the parade. I enjoy street photography but also like respecting the fact you might not want your photo taken. So a bunch of people marching in loud outfits looking for attention... It's so much fun to photograph!