Boston Pride has named fierce gay ally Mayor Thomas Menino Grand Marshal of this year’s Pride Parade. The late Jeanne Manford PFLAG's Founder has been chosen as Honorary Marshal. Linda DeMarco Boston Pride President stated, “We are excited to name Mayor Menino as Boston Pride’s Grand Marshal this year. As this is Mayor Menino’s last year serving as our city’s mayor, we are thrilled that he will be leading the Boston Pride Parade as it is a way for everyone to thank him for being a passionate supporter of Boston Pride & our LGBT community throughout his tenure.” Boston Pride Week 2013 will be held from May 31st through June 9th. This year’s theme is “Moving Forward… Proud, Strong, United”, especially fitting after dealing with the Marathon Bombing. The Boston Pride Parade is to celebrate & promote equal rights for the region's gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender communities & is the premier event of Pride Week. As one of the most popular Pride Parades in the country, organizations & individuals from around New England & beyond will walk together to advocate for inclusivity, equality & respect. Kicking the week off with the annual Flag Raising ceremony, 2013 Pride Week will also include Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the Royal Pageant, the Boston Pride Parade, the Boston Pride Festival, the Boston Pride Youth Dance, the Boston Pride Block Party: JP Edition, the Boston Pride Block Party: Back Bay Edition, a panel discussion on “LGBTs in Sports” & the first ever Pride Night @ Fenway Park.
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