Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Boston Pride 2009

Earlier in the week I posted some photographs from one of my favorite Boston Pride events, Pridelights. This past week has not been the best weather and so Pridelights was held in doors for the first time in my memory. However, it was still great fun.

On Friday, Rocca (the South End Italian restaurant on Harrison Ave.) had a party and opened their patio and bar to celebrate Pride. I'm not sure if it was an 'official' event, but I would guess that the 400 - 500 guys who showed up to enjoy cocktails, music and conversation on Rocca's spectacular patio did not care. I left at nearly 2:00am and the place remained packed (sorry no photos to share).

But it was the block party that was really the place to be. I know some would say that Roxy on Saturday was better (and I am partial to the guest DJ The Roxy had) but I'd still take the block party over everything else. The photograph atop this entry is one of many I snapped that afternoon. I have no idea how many people came, but as you can see from the photograph, it draws a significant crowd.

Later that evening, the city was still thumping to a gay disco beat and every bar was packed to the point of overflowing, which led me and many others to wonder - why can't this happen more often? I would love to suggest to the Boston Pride Committee to host a monthly block party similar to what they do for Pride in June, July and August. It would be wonderful to have that sense of community more than one week every year.

Below is a picture of Club Cafe around the midnight hour. The crowd was friendly and definitely enjoying themselves. I blame my time at Club Cafe for contributing to my groggy nature on Sunday.

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