May 24 2024

Below you will find info on our 2024 March including performers, the map, schedule, and masking policies.

The 2024 Boston Dyke March

The March is Friday June 7th starting at around 6:30PM at the Parkman Bandstand. Below you'll find info on the schedule, our detailed COVID policies, our performers, and the set-up on the common.

Please Note:

  • The Boston Dyke March is a Mask Required event!
  • If you need assistance, find a member of Dyke Patrol in an orange vest. They are there to help!
  • The March is 2 miles long. There will be a first come, first serve accessibility vehicle at the end of the March.


Schedule

6:30PM - Pre-march Programming Starts

7:00PM - March Kicks Off

~7:45PM - Post-March Programming Starts

9:30PM - Event Ends


Performers and Speakers

Musical

Mercedes Escobar

Light skinned brunette Guatemalan woman with hair pulled to the side smiling slightly and looking off camera while playing an acoustic guitar

Fluctuating between unleashed and sweet, Guatemalan singer-songwriter Mercedes Escobar’s raw, guttural vocals dominate any stage. Her voice has been likened to a mix between Linda Ronstadt and Howlin’ Wolf. She’s created a unique genre which blends the rawness of old blues and country vocals and guitar, with the intensity of magical realism lyrics and the sonic traditions of her home culture; All while staying true to her modern values against prejudice in music, race and gender. She calls this “Latin Americana."

Mercedes has shared the stage with artists such as Gaby Moreno, Rubén Albarrán (Café Tacvba), Malacates Trébol Shop, etc. She is also featured in the soundtrack of acclaimed independent films Temblores (2019) and Cadejo Blanco (2022; the latter also credits her as music supervisor). After receiving a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music and graduating in May 2024, Mercedes is working on an upcoming bilingual album, which will be produced by 2024 Grammy-winning producer and artist Gaby Moreno.

Other than her work in music, Mercedes organized the first Pride event in Antigua Guatemala, and was appointed "Ambassador Against Violence Against Women and Girls" by UN-Women Guatemala.

Doublestar

Doublestar performing with rainbow baloons above them and a rainbow flag in the window nearby. They consist of people playing saxophone, trumpet, drums, guitar, and bass. The saxophone player  has light skin and dark hair and is wearing a black t-shirt with jean short overalls and patterned black and lace tights with boots. The trumpet player is wearing all black with a rainbow tie and is light skinned with neck-length hair. The bass player is bald with a beard and glasses. The guitar player  has light skin, close-shaved hair and is wearing a grey t-shirt and jeans. The drummer has short hair that's longer on the top and is wearing a black t-shirt.

Doublestar is high energy, female/queer fronted, ska-adjacent, rock ‘n’ roll with horns!

chrysalis

black and white photo of a thin light skinned person with short hair wering jeans and a sleeveless shirt playing guitar and singing with several other musicians acompanying them on various instruments

chrysalis is the solo project of Indigo Ansin, a Boston-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist currently attending Berklee College of Music.

Heavily influenced by artists they grew up listening to such as Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morissette as well as contemporaries like Field Medic and Indigo de Souza, chrysalis fuses together a unique blend of traditional American folk and grunge indie rock.

Whether it be playing shows in Allston basements, organizing mutual aid shows, or playing music with their band, they hold their love for community at the forefront of everything they do and it is a present theme in all the music they write. If we are able to know we are not alone in feeling socially unacceptable emotions, there is power in it! And it is able to bring us together


BAGLY Youth Performer

Kyrus Malek

A white, shoulder length blonde, transman with gold colored glasses with an eyebrow and septum piercings. He is wearing a black T-shirt. He is in front of a mirror, holding his phone, looking to the side.

Kyrus Malek is a 21 year old queer and asexual transman. He is a chronically ill and disabled person who loves spreading awareness for their conditions. They also use poetry to cope with their life. They like reading, drawing, and listening to music.


Speakers

Dallas Ducar

blonde white woman wearing a dark blue dress and smiling

Dallas Ducar serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Transhealth, a pioneering organization committed to transforming healthcare. She holds multiple degrees from the University of Virginia and a certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.

As a faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Columbia University, and the MGH Institute for Health Professions, Dallas brings a wealth of expertise to her role in shaping the future of healthcare. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Dallas actively shapes health policy related to equity, ethics, and affirming care. She demonstrates her unwavering commitment as the Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Health Care Alliance, a member of the LGBTQI Federal Policy Roundtable, and a fervent advocate for affirming care across the nation.

Dallas extends her impact by serving on the Board of Directors for GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Healing Our Community Collaborative (HOCC), the University of Virginia Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) Fund, and the Health Advisory Council for Western Governors University. Embracing her role as a public servant, Dallas is a vital member of the Northampton Board of Health and has proudly served on the Official Transition Team for Attorney General Andrea Campbell.

Dallas has helped advise local, regional, and national elected leaders in best practices and policies for gender-affirming health care, including advocating for protections for providers, and continues to push the needle of justice forward daily.

Dallas finds meaning and passion in her life by spending time hiking with her dogs, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her loving family and friends. She is actively working to create affirming healthcare by fostering freedom, empowering patients, creating more ethical systems, and restoring a community focus back to clinical care.


COVID Policies

General Mask Policies

  1. Keeping the March safe and accessible for ALL is one of our core values
  2. The risks of COVID are still not understood and we MUST make the March a safe space
  3. You can still catch COVID outdoors, especially in crowds, so we ask participants to mask in designated high-crowd areas, on the March, and whenever you cannot social distance.

On the March

  1. We ask that you wear a mask AT ALL TIMES while on the March
  2. N95, KN95, or KF94 style masks are preferred and help keep everyone safe
  3. Dyke Patrol will have a limited number of KN95 masks, but please bring one

On the Common

While on the Common, we're asking everyone to please mask:

  1. while on the grass in front of the stage inside the circular walkway
  2. on the pathways
  3. by the Merch tent & all community tables

Outside of these areas, please mask where you cannot social distance

Accessibility Vehicle Mask Policies

Occupants and driver will be provided a 3M Aura mask before entering the vehicle

Occupants and driver are required to wear the provided n95 mask at all times while in the vehicle

Accessibility Vehicle Mask Alternatives

We recognize some folks have masking needs that will require an alternative mask.

Requests to wear an alternative mask can be submitted by emailing, DM'ing, or otherwise reaching out to the Dyke March by 10pm EST on June 3rd.

Requests must include the brand, model id, and purchase location so that the mask can be evaluated.

Requests for alternative masking options will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

The Boston Dyke March may refuse to make exceptions for any reason, due to the high risks associated with COVID infection.

No exceptions will be made day-of due to our inability to validate alternative masks on site.

Livestream

For extremely high risk individuals, we will be offering a livestream on Youtube.


The Common

Below is the approximate set-up of our activities on Boston Common. Please note the required Masking Areas


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