We did it again! The 43rd Annual Boston Pride Parade went off without a hitch! This year’s theme was “Moving Forward…Proud, Strong, United” This is what I kept thinking as we built this year’s Mix 104.1 float! First and foremost I’d like to thank everybody that helped us get it built! Special Thanks to Margie and the whole crew from National Lumber, who were incredibly generous with their help, guidance and quality products, as well as my friends Paul Colangelo, Mark Payne & Kristin Muller of Verido Design of Malden, who worked tirelessly with me last week to get the job done! I’m so proud of how it came out & could never have done it alone! I’m also proud and humbled that once again my best friends and Mix 104.1 afternoon co-hosts Gregg Daniels & Sue Brady were there by my side as we boarded our float for another Boston Pride Parade!
As last year’s Grand Marshal it was an honor for me to hand the title over to this year’s Grand Marshal, our Honorable Mayor Thomas M. Menino. It was a pleasure to thank him for his community support and service to The City of Boston during his twenty years in office. Although he wasn’t feeling well enough to participate in the parade he WAS there and his wife Angela rode in the parade in his place. I think I speak for all of us when I say, THANK YOU MR. MAYOR!!!
Special Thanks to Linda DeMarco & The Boston Pride Committee who were thrilled to announce that there were more participants marching in this year’s parade than ever before. This parade was the biggest parade of any in Boston history!
There were 243 groups, including former Boston Celtic’s player & first openly gay NBA player, Jason Collins who marched in his first Pride Parade with his good friend, our Congressman, Joe Kennedy. Others included Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former State Rep. Barney Frank, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Congressman/Senate Candidate Ed Markey, and all of the local contenders hoping to occupy The Mayor’s Office including Marty Walsh, Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, Charles Yancey and more.
There were countless local & national businesses like Macy’s BestBuy, Staples, Google, Microsoft, Frito Lay, Home Depot, Bank of America, TD Bank, TJX, Walgreens, Johnson & Johnson and MANY more! There were countless local schools, universities, church & human rights & health & hospital groups, including Boston’s Children’s Hospital and after Friday’s Boston Bruins WIN it was great to see members of The Bruins organization in the parade, including BLADES, the Bruins Bear mascot!
It’s almost hard to truly describe such an amazing experience, as the parade begins on Boylston Street and winds its way from Copley Square, around The Public Garden & Boston Common then up past the golden dome of our State House on Beacon Hill & then spills out onto City Hall Plaza for the HUGE Pride Festival. To witness all the smiling faces, in an endless sea of hundreds of thousands of people, some celebrating their very first Pride, realizing they are not alone and that life does get better. I realize once again, how lucky I am to have grown up in this great City of Boston and have been fortunate enough to be celebrating another year in Boston radio, OUT & PROUD… and then this year’s Pride slogan pops into my head again… “Moving Forward…Proud, Strong, United”…Always.