Hundreds gathered on the Boston Common to kick off the final day of Boston Pride Week.
“It’s like a totally different side that you don’t see of Boston, but it’s wonderful,” said West Roxbury resident Samantha Lewis.
At the Stronger Together Rally, parents, including Lewis, brought their children, saying they’re never too young to stand up for equality.
“We think it’s is so important for him to know people who have different lives, who experience things differently, and especially for him to feel proud,” Lewis said.
The celebrations continued into the Back Bay for a wild block party and then into Jamaica Plain where Perkins Street was a sea of color.
“I’m from Raleigh, North Carolina and there’s so much more diversity here,” said Juno Krahn who was visiting from out of state.
“I find it to be a thing of beauty,” said David Jackson who has been attending the event for several years.
Drag Queens and divas even teaming up with PAWS New England for a special show to help homeless dogs find a family.
“A lot of the LGBTQI community are abandoned by their own family members, it’s the same principal,” said performer Kamden T. Rage. “We want to find them a home and show them they are loved, just like we are loved.”
A street full of different stories and many were willing to share.
Michael Lynch remembers coming out 30 years ago.
“No role models, lots of stereotypes,” Lynch explained.
He, like so many here, is proud to say he’s persevered, and grateful to be a part of how far we’ve come today.
“The fact that our city and state supports us so highly is really an amazing thing,” Lynch said. “I never thought I would see that in my lifetime.”
The festivities will continue well into Sunday night at both block parties in Jamaica Plain and the Back Bay.
Admission is $15 and the proceeds go directly to Boston Pride.