Heading to the Boston Pride Parade this Saturday? Here’s everything you need to know about the route, how to get there, and more.
When and where
The 48th annual Pride Parade kicks off Saturday at noon in Copley Square and runs through the South End before arriving at a festival on City Hall Plaza. The parade will run through the following streets, according to organizers:
■ Begin at Boylston and Clarendon streets
■ Turn right onto Clarendon Street
■ Left onto Tremont Street
■ Left onto Berkeley Street
■ Left onto Boylston Street
■ Left onto Charles Street
■ Right onto Beacon Street
■ Left onto Tremont Street
■ Ending at City Hall Plaza on Cambridge Street
The Pride festival will be held rain or shine on City Hall Plaza from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and includes a number of performances, exhibits, and food options. The festival will also include a beer garden for attendees over 21. Following the festival, the Boston Pride Youth Dance event will take place on City Hall Plaza for those under 21 and will feature a dance party and drag performances. Tickets to the dance are $10 at the door.
How to get there
Both the city of Boston and Pride Parade organizers are urging attendees to use the MBTA to get to the parade. Copley Square Station on the Green Line is the closest stop, but for those taking the Orange Line or certain commuter rail lines, Back Bay Station is a short walk away. A number of bus lines also serve Copley Square. Check the MBTA website for schedules and routes.
If you insist on driving (but really, take public transportation), organizers say that reduced parking rates are available through Spot Hero at spothero.com/boston/gay-pride-parade-parking.
The weather looks pretty good for the parade Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, Saturday promises to be mostly sunny, with a high of around 80 degrees, so slather on that sunscreen and drink plenty of water. A light northwest breeze Saturday afternoon will make things even more pleasant. Saturday night cools to a low of about 58 degrees. And Sunday will be sunny, with a high of 74 degrees, according to NWS.
Road closures and parking restrictions
All streets along the parade route will be closed to traffic until about 4 p.m., according to the City of Boston website. Parking restrictions will be in effect on a variety of streets in and around the route:
■ Boylston Street, both sides, Massachusetts Avenue to Tremont Street
■ Exeter Street, both sides, Newbury Street to St. James Avenue
■ Dartmouth Street, both sides, Newbury Street to St. James Avenue
■ Gloucester Street, both sides, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
■ Fairfield Street, both sides, Boylston Street to Newbury Street
■ Clarendon Street, both sides, Newbury Street to Tremont Street
■ Tremont Street, both sides, Union Park Street to East Berkeley Street
■ Berkeley Street, both sides, Tremont Street to Newbury Street
■ Charles Street South, both sides, Park Plaza to Boylston Street
■ Charles Street, both sides, Boylston Street to Beacon Street
■ Beacon Street, both sides, Charles Street to Tremont Street
■ Tremont Street, both sides, Cambridge Street to Beacon Street
■ Court Street, both sides, Washington Street to Cambridge Street
■ Cambridge Street, Center Plaza side, Bowdoin Street to Court Street, east side, Sudbury Street to New Chardon Street
■ New Chardon Street, Cambridge Street to Congress StreetGlobe correspondents Sophie Cannon and Laney Ruckstuhl contributed.