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Feeling intimidated by all the options during Boston's Pride Week? Here's our guide to what you should check out.
A Conversation with Pussy Riot
The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston
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Feminist punk rockers Pussy Riot became famous worldwide in 2012 for their anti-Putin guerilla protest performance in Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were later sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” After serving 21 months, the duo, dubbed “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty International, were granted a pardon and have since spoken before Congress and appeared on “House of Cards.” Tonight they sit down with WBUR’s Meghna Charkabarti for a conversation you don’t want to miss.
Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall
Saturday,10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine
West End of Quincy Market behind Faneuil Hall
The 15th annual Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall kicks off with an outdoor Zumba class followed by a full day of family-friendly fun. Dance, sing, eat and show your pride at one of America’s most popular tourist destinations. The celebration also includes live performances by Hanson native and top-five finisher on “The Voice,” Kristen Merlin, acoustic guitarist/vocalist Lauren Bateman and alternative “rexy-dino” band Long Arm Rex. Mr. and Mrs. Boston Pride will also be on hand, as well as drag diva extraordinaire Nikita le Femme.
Human Rights Forum
June 8,6 p.m.
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston
Immigration issues facing the LGBT community will be the focus of this third annual forum. Panelists include asylum attorney Anita Sharma, GLAD immigration attorney Richard Iandoli and Chris Parsons, a local teacher who spent nearly 10 years in Thailand because DOMA kept his husband from immigrating to the United States.
Drag Divas Give Back
June 9,7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston
Table seating $15, General Admission $10
Get your dollar bills ready for what promises to be an unforgettable performance by some of Boston’s biggest drag legends. Hosted by Lakia Mondale and Verna Turbulence, this lineup of local legends features household names (well, in certain homes, anyway) like Kris Knievil, Destiny, Crystal Crawford and Shaunna Rai. All money raised will be donated to the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.
The Queen’s Voice Pride Week Finals
June 10,7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston
One of the hottest tickets in town, this gay mash-up of America’s favorite television singing competitionfeatures serious talent vying for the $1,500 cash prize. Hosted by Kiss 108’s Jim Clerkin, the celebrity panel of judges includes rapper Cazwell and “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” alums JuJubee and Joslyn Fox. Local drag legend Mizery will also be on hand for the festivities. Add alcohol to this crew and you could be in for quite a show. All proceeds benefit Harbor to the Bay.
Pride Night @ Fenway Park
June 12,7:10 p.m.
Fenway Park, Boston
$30 - $32
Show your pride and, hopefully, cheer the Boston Red Sox on to victory against the Toronto Blue Jays at the third annual Pride Night @ Fenway Park. It’s always fun taking in a game at America’s most famous ballpark, but sitting in the shadow of the Green Monster watching the teamas a community makes it extra special.The demand for tickets has increased each year, so order as early as possible.
Boston Pride Parade
Parade begins in Copley Square and winds its way through the South End to City Hall Plaza
Forty-five years ago, the first Pride “parade” was a protest march. Times have changed, and what was once considered an edgy, outsider event has morphed into family-friendly fare complete with politicians and corporations targeting the newly coveted demographic. Gone are the days when people would talk about the Lesbian Avengers’ float, their favorite drag queens and the scantily clad men for weeks after. The 45th annual Pride Parade will likely be colorful, (almost) appropriate for all ages, and much tamer than its predecessors. Thankfully, no matter how mainstream it gets, it’ll still be the gayest event in town.The late Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the LGBT’s most ardent supporter, is Honorary Marshall. The Grand Marshalls are Stonewall veterans Erica Kay-Webster and David Bermudez.
Boston Pride Festival
June 13,11 a.m.to 6 p.m., rain or shine
City Hall Plaza, Boston
The final stop on the parade route is City Hall Plaza, where an expected crowd of 150,000 will gather for an all-ages celebration. More than 100 vendors will offer rainbow-themed merchandise, food, drink and a chance to support community businesses and organizations. The open-air Festival Bar (21+) provides an elevated view of the main stage. Headlining the entertainment is Grammy Award-winner Estelle, whose hit single “Conqueror” was featured in the Fox series “Empire.” Comic Kevin Yee, recording artist Billy Gilman (“One Voice”) and Mary Lambert, (who wrote marriage equality anthem “Same Love”) round out the performance schedule.
Chandler Street Block Party
June 13,1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Outside of the Trophy Room & the Chandler Inn, 26 Chandler Street, Boston, MA
This is THE Block Party everyone talks about. The annual benefit for the AIDS Action Committee draws 5,000-plus sweaty revelers who drink and dance ‘til dusk. Everyone makes an appearance here — it’s the hottest place in the South End.
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
$27 - $77
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus returns to Symphony Hall for one performance of “Smile,” a production filled with music that makes you smile. The program includes Broadway classics like “Cabaret,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and “Children Will Listen,” as well as current pop hits like Madonna’s “Ghost Town.” Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti, whose TV credits include “Nashville,” “Nurse Jackie” and “The Sound of Music Live,” will perform with the chorus. Seating for this concert is Pops-style.
Back Bay Block Party
June 14,noon to 8 p.m.
St. James Avenue, between Arlington and Berkeley Sts., Boston
Now in its 15th year, the Sunday afternoon Back Bay Block Party is the last chance for sweaty, shirtlessdancing men and the people who party with them to bump and grind under the sunny skies. The last party of Pride returns to its original home on St. James Ave. with more bars, a bigger party space and an extra hour of partying with the new 8 p.m. closing time. DJ Tatiana is making her Boston debut and “American Idol” and “The Voice” alum Frenchie Davis will perform.
June 14,2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Perkins Street between Centre & South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain
$10/$15 after 5pm
All are definitely welcome at this popular co-production of Boston Pride and Dyke Night Productions, but it’s definitely a celebration of women by women. Everything from face painting to live acoustic performances awaits you at this family-friendly event. Adoptable dogs will share the stage with local drag queens for the fourth annual Divas, Dogs and Drag Show. Though many dogs will go home with someone, the queens aren’t always as lucky. A giant dance party erupts after the show courtesy of the music of DJ Leah V.
Hot Mess Sundays Pride Finale @ Royale
June 14,10p.m. to 2 a.m.
Royale Boston, 279 Tremont St., Boston, MA
If you have an amazing constitution and still haven’t had enough celebrating, you’ve got one final Pride party left. DJ Escape provides the music for this special edition of Hot Mess Sundays. When it’s over, so is Boston Pride 2015. If you haven’t had your fill, you’ll have to wait ‘til next year.