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Where to party down for Pride

Marilyn Humphries

Boston Pride Month is already well underway, so don’t miss another beat. We turned to Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride, for a rundown of this weekend’s late-night festivities.

1) Pride Queeraoke, Thursday, June 9—10 pm – 2 am
Midway Café, 3496 Washington Street
“Queeraoke is a big tradition in Boston Pride,” Bruni says. “People are invited to explore their artistry… not necessarily to sing well,” he adds with a laugh. The tone deaf and the classically trained are both welcomed to showcase their singing chops at this late-night production, but Bruni notes that this event is always packed, and recommends going early.
2) Boston Dyke March After-Party, Friday, June 10—9 pm – 1 am
Bella Luna, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plan
The Dyke March, which takes place around the Boston Common, warrants an after-party of its own. Bruni emphasizes that this event is still open to all: “Jamaica Plain has a large lesbian community, but men and allies are more than welcome.” DJ Maryalice, an active community member and Pride supporter, will spin a mix of top 40 and hip-hop.
3) Escandalo, Friday, June 10—10 pm – 2 am
Machine Nightclub, 1254 Boylston Street
Part of the Black and Latin Pride series, Escandalo is your night to cut up the dance floor. The event centers on the theme that “no matter the color of your skin, you’re more than welcome to celebrate at Pride,” Bruni says. Lineysha Sparx of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will be in attendance.
4) Boston Pride After-Party, Saturday, June 11—7 pm
Hard Rock Café, 22-24 Clinton Street
Bruni expects a large crowd at the Pride Parade’s after party, hosted by the Hard Rock Café. “The Hard Rock Café has been working with Pride as a venue that’s safe and comfortable for the LGBT community,” explains Bruni. DJ Joe Bermudez will spin a celebratory dance mix for the occasion.
5) Back Bay Block Party. Sunday, June 12—1 pm – 8 pm.
St. James Avenue at Berkeley Street
Bruni sums it up simply: this is a “giant dance party.” DJ Jalil Z, who hails from Miami, will headline and local DJ Andrea Stamas will spin her signature dance hits. “It’s going to be a very entertaining stage,” Bruni adds. Thousands turn out to this flagship event annually.
To check out more events, visit bostonpride.org/calendar

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