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The Faces of Boston Pride

They say there’s nothing like a parade—and they’re right. This weekend I marched in my first ever Pride parade, proudly carrying my JWA bag, a Keshet sign reading “another Jew for LGBTQ equality,” and my camera. The weather called for rain, but I wasn’t about to let that get me down. I packed my raincoat and channeled my inner Barbra, declaring that no one dare rain on my parade.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would the streets be filled with supporters—or with people out to heckle us? Would they be empty? Would I feel at ease putting myself on display? Could I chant, dance, and wave a sign for two (or more) hours?

We gathered under overcast skies, huddled between groups already dancing, passing out swag, and oozing with pride. I felt my trepidation slip away, and caught myself dancing in place. “This is what pride is all about,” I found myself thinking. “This is a parade of pure joy and celebration. It’s as simple as that.”

Of course, it isn’t as simple as that. I know that with the Pride Parade and Festivals come accusations that the celebration is too commercial, that it isn’t inclusive enough, that messages are lost. But this weekend I found myself chanting, waving, and capturing pictures with a heart full of pride. The faces in the crowd were supportive, all cheering. I saw faces of diversity, reflecting an entire city out to support equality. I marched through the streets of Boston declaring my passion for equality, grateful to be a Jewish ally for LGBTQ equality, and proud to be representing JWA as a member of the Queer Community.

Young Man at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A young man at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Participant at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A participant holds a flag at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Participant with Flags at the Boston Pride Parade
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A participant holds flags at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Participant with Banner at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A participant holds a banner at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Young Child Holds Sign at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A young child holds a sign at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Participant with Star of David at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A participant shows off his Star of David at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Child with Bubbles at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A child plays with bubbles at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Family at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A family at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Couple at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A couple at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Young People at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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Young people wave flags at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

People Embracing at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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Two people embrace at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

Cheering at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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People cheering at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

See even more pictures of the crowds at the Boston Pride parade on our facebook page.

A Young Child at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013
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A young child at the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

How to cite this page

Rozensky, Jordyn. "The Faces of Boston Pride." 11 June 2013. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on May 27, 2016) <http://jwa.org/blog/faces-of-boston-pride>.

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