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Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

2016 fireworks courtesy of Kelly Automotive

For a tiny city, Boston hosts a very large 4th of July celebration that is free and open to the public.  There have been some broadcasting changes this year so for more information on how to stream or watch the concert on TV or for where to tune in on the radio link here.

If you are curious about what time everything happens, I’ve included the calendar below for you. This information is also available on the Pops event website in the link I’ve included at the end of this post.

  • The gates opened at 9AM so you can head over if you like to claim a patch of grass to call your own and settle in.
  • The concert starts at 8PM
  • Fireworks start at 10:30PM
  • The 2017 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends at 11PM

bosartsThis year’s list of entertainers accompanying Maestro Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops on stage includes (from left to right) Melissa Etheridge, Andy Grammer as well as Tony Award-winners Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton).

More information about today’s celebrations and performance at july4th.org.

Boston Pride Stronger Together Rally

Boston PrideBefore you head to the Boston Pride Block Party in Back Bay get yourself to the Boston Common for the Stronger Together Rally, which starts at 11AM today.

Happy Pride Boston

Sergio and I are in Washington D.C. this weekend visiting our good friend Frenchie & The Yankee for their Pride celebration and to participate in The Equality March for Unity and Pride on Sunday.

I hope everyone in Boston will head to the Boston Common on Sunday at 11AM for the Boston Pride: Stronger Together Rally.

PRIDE: Why coming out still matters (to me)

One of my favorite weekly blog posts is something I created more by accident than design – my Thursday morning Vintage Gay posts. I think of this weekly post as my way of keeping Pride alive through out the year.

I grew up in a small town with an even smaller world view. Combine that with the fact that 20+ years ago the Internet wasn’t really around and there were no gay characters on TV or at the movies unless they were mentally ill, depressed or dying of AIDS, and it isn’t that amazing that many LGBT youth like me grew up thinking there was something fundamentally wrong with them.

Fortunately, my impressions of what it meant to be gay changed forever and for the better when three things happened in the late 1990s: access to the Internet, moving to a progressive city with a sizable gay community and Hollywood realizing gay characters could be depicted as funny or happy people (thank you Will & Grace). These changes helped me realize I wasn’t alone or a genetic freak of nature and it is in that context and with that life experience that I created my weekly post “Vintage Gay”. These photos, which capture happy moments in people’s lives from the past, were hidden from view and rarely shared – at least not shared widely enough so a kid like me might see them and know that it really does get better, to paraphrase a great point that can never be stressed enough to gay youth struggling with their own sexual identity and desires to simply fit in.

Happy Pride

What to do this weekend

Boston PrideThis weekend is jam packed with a lot of Boston Pride events worth checking out. I’ve included several that have caught my eye and I think are worth sharing. Feel free to add events in the comments section of this post.

Some of the highlights for the weekend worth checking out include Bear Pride’s Bear Bare It All, dbar’s annual Stoplight Party, but for sure the biggest events this weekend will be Saturday’s parade, the block parties on Saturday and Sunday as well as the Saturday night House of Blues party with DJ Abel.

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Pride Absolut Lime Tasting is taking place at Cathedral Station from 5-7PM 

Watchout! Designs Summer Trunk Show is at Sister Sorel starting at 6:45PM so come and see the summah fashions that have something to say

Pride Kick Off Cocktail Party is at Peggy O’Neil’s starting at 7PM in Dorchester

Boston Bear Pride: Bears Bare It All starts at 8PM at Paradise in Cambridge

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Out At Fenway watch the Red Sox play host to the Detroit Tigers but before that enjoy a pre Pride cocktail party on the Right Field roof deck

ABC Underwear Party starts at 9PM at the Dark Lady in PVD

Dueling Divas are back for the summer at Mainestreet every Friday night in Ogunquit

Friday Pride Party with Adore Delano starts at 10PM at Machine

Annual Stoplight Party with DJ Gay Jim starts at 10PM at dbar

The Coolidge After Midnite: Twin Peaks: Evil Dead II shows at The Coolidge Theater starting at 11:59PM on Friday, May 12 in Brookline

SATURDAY

SoWa Open Market now open every Saturday through the end of October in Boston

Boston Pride Parade starts at 11AM in Copley Square and runs through the South End before ending at City Hall Plaza

Oops We Did It Again: Britney Pride Brunch starts at 11AM at 647 Tremont — this will fill to capacity so plan ahead.

Chandler Street Block Party this outdoor block party goes to benefit the AIDS Action Committee and runs from 1:30 – 7:00PM

Tea Dance at the ‘Slip with DJ MaryAlice from 4-7PM at the Boatslip in Provincetown

The House of Blues with DJ Abel is the night’s biggest party and will sell out so get your tickets – doors open at 9PM

Underwear Party is every Saturday night starting at 9:30 at Club Purgatory in Provincetown

Dueling Divas are back for the summer at Mainestreet every Saturday night in Ogunquit

The Coolidge After Midnite: Twin Peaks: Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors shows at The Coolidge Theater starting at 11:59PM on Friday, May 12 in Brookline

SUNDAY

SoWa Open Market now open every Sunday through the end of October in Boston

Stronger Together Rally to protest the Trump Administrations disregard for Human Rights is part of a larger national rally happening in Washington DC and around the country on this day so come to the Boston Common at 11AM

Sunday Tea is every week at Mainestreet starting at 4PM in Ogunquit

Tea Dance at the ‘Slip with DJ MaryAlice from 4-7PM at the Boatslip in Provincetown

Goodbye to Pride Party with Katya and DJ Escape starts at 9PM at Candibar 

Send me information about your upcoming programs and events in my blog’s comment section or message me the details on Facebook.

2017 Heels for Hope is a huge success

Boston Pride, BAGLYCongratulations to BAGLY which received more than $9,000 from last night’s 4th annual Heels for Hope. This ‘unofficial’ Boston Pride event has changed venues three times in four years, and moving the event to Club Cafe afforded the organizers with an opportunity to raise significantly more money for BAGLY: Boston’s Alliance of Gay & Lesbian Youth.

Special thanks to Michael Labrecque who conceived of this idea four years ago and has made H4H one of the most fun events of Boston Pride week. Below are a few photos I snapped while socializing. Apologies there are not more and that some of these aren’t as nice as Sergio’ photo atop this post. I lack his skills.

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Thanks to Chris & Dave for throwing another great pre-H4H cocktail party

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See you next year

Heels for Hope tonight at Club Cafe

boston pride, BAGLYEach Pride there is that one party or event that exceeds expectations and floods Facebook with photos.  For the past three years that event during Boston Pride (in my opinion) has been Heels for Hope.

When Michael Labrecque and his friends started this event / fundraiser to help raise funds for Boston Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Youth (BAGLY) they had no idea how popular this ‘unofficial’ Boston Pride event would be. This year the event has moved to Club Cafe and will take place tonight. You can buy a pair of heels if you’re in a pinch at Dorothy’s Boutique on Mass Ave and head over to Club Cafe. For more information check out the Facebook page, Heels for Hope.

Here are some photos from previous Heels for Hope parties.gay bostongay pride boston, gay bostonBoston Pride, gay bostonBAGLYHope to see you at Club Cafe tonight