The weather was absolutely gorgeous Saturday afternoon as thousands gathered in Boston to march in the 45th Annual Boston Pride Parade.
With cheering observers and decorations of pride lining the streets, participants in the parade marched from Copley Plaza to City Hall Plaza. Led by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who started the event with a rainbow ribbon cutting ceremony, contingents from various businesses, churches, schools, local colleges, medical facilities and politicians greeted cheers as Bostonians celebrated their pride and diversity.
This year’s theme was #WickedProud and pride was everywhere, but there was a noticeable delay in the parade for those observing near the end of the route. The reason was because of a sit-in on the corner of Boylston and Charles Street organized by a dozen LGBTQ activists of Color and allies in an attempt to shut down the parade.
The main emphasis of the organizers was to bring awareness and refocus the LGBTQ community to the murders of transgender individuals of color. The delay lasted 11 minutes to symbolize the 11 lives of transgender individuals who have been beaten or murdered in the United States. The group used the term #WickedPissed to get their message across.
On a day that symbolized progress, the demonstration was a reminder of how far the LGBTQ community still has to go, but also orchestrated the need for more togetherness in bringing awareness to all forms of discrimination and injustice.