Saturday marked a good day for the 44th annual Boston Pride Parade as about 25,000 people marched strong through the streets of the city sending off the message of progression and much more progress to be made. The parade’s grand marshals were Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Marty Walsh, both have been leaders in the progression of LGBT rights in Massachusetts.
Rainbow colors of pride along with collaborations of music and floats and smiles decorated the streets. From Boylston Street to City Hall Plaza, marchers representing different organizations paraded the street greeted by the applause of onlookers. This year was especially important because it marked the 10th anniversary of same-sex marriage being legalized in the state of Massachusetts. It has also been a year that has seen great strides being made in gay rights. Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni said the parade symbolized that progress, but also the work that still needs to be done.
Bruni told WBZ NewsRadio, “It’s important to be visible because we need to still have the focus on some of the discriminations that the LGBT community faces. We need transgender individuals to have a certain number of laws that are going to protect them more than they currently are.”
Bruni said the focus of the parade and the pride festivities was to extend celebrations internationally. He wanted the world to be able to come to Boston and unite as one, which highlighted this year’s theme of “Be Yourself, Change the World.”
The 10-day string of events, starting on the Friday prior to the parade, gave value individuality and expression as keys to changing the world and making a difference. In forty-four years, the parade has seen the many values of change and on Saturday, approximately 25,000 faces marched with a message that change is still to come as progress marches on.