by: Kimberley Hurdle
Just a week ago was Boston’s 43rd annual Gay Pride Parade. Starting at Copley Square and arriving at City Hall Plaza, the parade was full of rainbow flags, drag queens, cheers from the sidelines and banners all there for one reason; to show we accept everyone for who they are, love who they want, and be who they want to be. As it was my first experience I was extremely excited to walk with the Medford High GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance). Little did I know, we were actually in the parade, holding the Medford High School Banner as we joined other schools and other organizations.
Before going to the actual parade, I of course had to go through the tie-dye experience with a few Medford High Students. The shirts came out great as we listened to Same Love by Macklemore on repeat and sung along, adding reds, blues, yellows, and greens to our t-shirts. From spirals, to the equal sign each t-shirt made me pumped for the parade.
At exactly 9:00 am, teachers Ms. Marrone and Mr. Skorker along with Mr. Blauch, Mr. Morris, and Ms. Stevens joined all students at Wellington Station. Gathering in face paints of rainbows, sunshines, and peace signs we dominated the train to Copley Square having a quick breakfast and meeting others for the parade at the Boston Marathon Memorial.
With a moment of silence to remember those who experienced the tragic event the parade transitioned to begin. The motorcycles covered in rainbow flags started the parade, other groups quickly coming in line, one of which was Medford High School. The parade was about 2 and a half hours long, a walk that did not take long but with each step the cheers for “Medford Mustangs” and “Go Medford” kept the pace going, finally reaching the finish line with loud music and stands of food.
For my first experience, I can say it is something everyone should go through after all it is one the of the largest parades we have in Boston. The Gay Pride Parade made me realize how accepting Boston is and how happy everyone is when they are with each other. I cannot say enough how much fun I had wearing my tie-dye shirt, my flower headband, and eventually losing my voice cheering for Medford along with my friends and essentially my second family. Thanks so much to the GSA for letting me and my friends join and especially the teachers that made it such a memorable day.
Here is a small slideshow of some of the many pictures that were taken. Credit to Simona Miller and Melissa Remy for some of the pictures.
Gay Pride Parade Boston 2013: My First Experience by Slidely – Slideshow videos