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Boston Pride 2019 announces theme and marshals list

Boston Pride 2019 announces theme and marshals list

Boston Pride marshals

It’s still early in the year, but the organizers of Boston Pride are already gearing up for the Pride season.

For the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the theme of this year’s Boston Pride will be ‘Looking Back … Loving Forward’.

It’s an opportunity to reflect on the journey the LGBTI community has taken over the past five decades, The Rainbow Times reports.

‘The new theme “Looking Back … Loving Forward” acknowledges the people and Pride groups who have come before us who have helped us strengthen our community,’ said Linda DeMarco, the President of Boston Pride.

‘The fight for our rights must continue as well as fighting for our ability to love ourselves and each other freely without fear of hate or persecution.’

‘A diverse spectrum of the LGBTQ community’

The organizers have also announced the list of marshals who will officiate the festival.

Votes tallied from the public saw Dale Mitchell, the founder of the LGBT Aging Project, voted in as Grand Marshal.

Mitchell will be joined by Ava Glasscott, trans model and former Miss Trans USA Pageant contestant, who will serve as Marshal.

The position of Honorary Marshal has been set aside for the late Chris Harris who passed away last month.

A well-known entertainer and events promoter, Harris was a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community. He passed away following a long battle with cancer at age 51.

‘Boston Pride’s 2019 Parade Marshals represent a diverse spectrum of the LGBTQ community who have all made significant contributions,’ DeMarco said.

‘We look forward to having Dale and Ava as marshals in the 2019 parade while we also honor the legacy of Chris Harris and his tremendous impact not just on Pride but on the entire community.’

Boston Pride Week 2019 will take place from May 31 to June 11.

The annual Flag Raising at City Hall Plaza will take place on Friday (31 May), with the Boston Pride Parade and Festival kicking off on Saturday (8 June).

To read about last year’s Boston Pride click here.