Boston kicked off one of the United States’ biggest pride weekends with its 45th annual pride parade on Saturday which highlighted the city’s diversity and LGBT progress over the years.
More than 25,000 people marched through the streets of Boston from Copley Plaza to City Hall Plaza after the Mayor Marty Walsh officially launched the event by cutting a rainbow ribbon.
One hundred motorcyclists, many flying rainbow flags from their bikes, then revved their engines and led the parade through the city.
LGBT groups from Boston and neighboring towns were represented in the parade, along with religious groups and groups from area hospitals and schools. Businesses including Bank of America, Stop & Shop and Walmart also participated.
The mayor was full of praise for the festival and said the parade was a wonderful display of diversity and that the city has come a long way when it comes to marriage equality.
“I think Massachusetts and Boston is the leader in allowing benefits and having marriage equality. I think we have come a long way,” Mayor Walsh said.
Several other officials took part in the parade, including the first openly gay attorney general Maura Healy and the Mayor of Attleboro Kevin J. Dumas.
The city also came alive at night with many of the local Boston Community buildings displaying rainbow colours similar to what happened in Auckland for Pride earlier this year.
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Last Updated on Jun 14, 2015