Party in the Streets
Boston Pride celebrations don’t end—or begin, for that matter—with the grand Pride Festival on City Hall Plaza. Several block parties take place in neighborhoods all over the city, bringing Pride to the people. One of the biggest is the Back Bay Block Party (pictured) on June 14 from noon–8 p.m. Situated on St. James Avenue between Arlington and Berkeley streets, this bash boasts music by DJ Tatiana and Frenchie Davis of “American Idol” and “The Voice” fame, all for a $15 entry fee. On the same day from 2–8 p.m. in Jamaica Plain, enjoy the JP Block Party at the corner of Perkins and Centre streets, which features the third annual Divas, Dogs and Drag show—a display of adoptable rescue dogs, showcased by area drag kings and queens—as well as music from a live DJ. Not to be left out, the South End’s Trophy Room hosts one of the longest-running street soirees, the Chandler Street Block Party, on June 13 from 1:30–7 p.m., which benefits the AIDS Action Committee.