Tens of thousands celebrate at Boston’s 49th Pride Parade

BOSTON — Tens of thousands of people, many of them waving rainbow flags, lined the two-mile route of Boston’s 49th annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The parade’s theme this year was “Looking Back, Loving Forward.” Among the many participating in the parade were Miss Gay Massachusetts US of A 2019 Ivy League-O’Deria, Ania Bangkoks, who was Queen of Pride, elected officials including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner Willie Gross, Senator Ed Markey, state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, state Attorney General Maura Healey, City Councilors Mike Flaherty and Michelle Wu, schools, businesses, and a large contingent from NBC10 Boston-NECN-Telemundo, which was the parade sponsor and broadcaster.

Pride Parade consisted of 295 marching units, 58 floats, and more than 100 vehicles. The parade ended with a 900-foot flag dubbed the “River of Pride” that was made by Maine resident Bishop McKechnie, who spent some 10 weeks making the piece.

All photos are by Bill Brett (except for the photo of Bill Brett, which was taken by Mark Garfinkel of NBC10 Boston.)

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