several white people holding torches as part of a fire eating ceremony. All are wearing black t-shirts. Photo by Kim Perrella taken at Boston Dyke Fest in 2021

Since 1995, the Boston Dyke March has remained committed to offering a non-commercial, intersectional, and fundamentally grassroots alternative to Boston’s Pride celebration. We strive to elevate voices marginalized in society and even within the lgbtq+ community.

The Dyke March tradition began with a 1993 demonstration in Washington, DC byt the Lesbian Avengers, and soon after independent Dyke Marches sprung up across the country. We are not merely a celebration, we are speaking up and fighting back to demand a better society.

Our top priority is to provide a dynamic and welcoming space for participants of all sexualities, genders, races, ages, ethnicities, sizes, economic backgrounds, and physical abilities. We strive to create a place where political and social change can be expressed and inspired.

We're committed to

  • queer liberation
  • intersectional gender liberation
  • grassroots organizing
  • anti-capitalism
  • community

Want to get involved?

See how


The Boston Dyke March is ASL interpreted, and wheelchair, stroller and scooter accessible. An accessibility vehicle is available for those who need a ride for some or all of the March.


Boston Dyke March

TBD 2025


Boston Dyke March

June 07 2024 6pm Parkman Bandstand on the Common

The Boston Dyke March was June 7 2024.

Boston Dyke March

June 09 2023 6pm Parkman Bandstand on the Common

The Boston Dyke March was June 9 2023.

Boston Dyke March

June 10 2022 6pm Parkman Bandstand on the Common

The Boston Dyke March is returning to our regular format in 2022.

Boston Dyke Fest

Oct 2 2021 3pm Parkman Bandstand on the Common

First ever Boston Dyke Fest. Community, Music, Poetry, Fire Eating, and Solidarity. Everything but the March and now including masks!


Queers and queer allies, we need you! The Boston Dyke March is always looking for volunteers.

Volunteer Join the Committee
  • Dyke Patrol

    Dyke Patrol members walk along side the March. Their main job is to look out for the attendees and help to keep everyone safe. They will use de-escalation techniques when necessary and report any potential or ongoing problems to the Dyke March Committee Organizers.

    Dyke Patrol also occasionally assists with community safety needs for other events. You can contact us for more info.

    Training is required for Dyke Patrol volunteers.

  • Photographer/Videographer

    Photographers and videographers document the March so that we can all remember the event in the future. Their photos may be used on our website and social media with credit.

  • Fire Eater

    The Fire Eating Ceremony is a longstanding tradition at the Dyke March. It commemorates those in the community who have been lost to violence. It grew out of the tragic deaths of Hattie Mae Cohens and Brian Mock, who burned to death in Salem, Oregon after someone tossed a Molotov cocktail into the apartment they shared.

    Training is required to participate.

  • Stage Runner

    Stage Runners help the Stage Manager coordinate all the bands. They mostly need to track down performers and make sure they’re ready when it’s time for them to go on the stage.

  • Setup/Break-down/Uhaul

    The set-up/break-down crew helps with tents, tables, and other items that help us run the march.

    The U-Haul crew helps us get everything the Dyke March owns out of storage, on to the common and back again.

    Uhaul loading/unloading may require transportation to/from our Storage Locker in the Boston area.

  • Event Planning

    Event planning volunteers help us plan fundraisers, after-parties, or other events that help pay for the March, but occur other times during the year.

    Interested folks should email us to help plan an event.


Tabling is a great way to introduce yourself and your organization to the community while supporting the March

Apply to Table

Suggested 2024 Donation Scale

  • $20-50 Individuals
  • $49-60 Grassroots organization with a small budget (up to $100k in annual revenue)
  • $60-150 Established organization with a medium budget ($100k-200k in annual revenue)
  • $200-500 Established organization with a large budget ($200k-2 million in annual revenue)
  • $500+ Established organization with a very large budget ($2 million+ in annual revenue)

Some of our tablers:

  • Boston Queers on Wheels is a local queer bicycle group that provides meetup rides of all levels focused on building queer community and providing a queer space. Boston Queers on Wheels offers non-competitive group lead rides, bike overnight camping trips, and various social gatherings.
    Queers on Wheels
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  • Crafty Queer Studio is a small but mighty queer-owned and operated business that focuses exclusively on fun and affordable LGBTQ+ accessories and jewelry. Everything at Crafty Queer Studio is individually handmade or designed, with a wide, inclusive selection for *everyone* under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella and their allies. 
    Crafty Queer Studio
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  • Dignity Boston is a progressive and inclusive Catholic community for people of all sexual orientations and genders: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex persons, our family, friends and supporters. We gather to worship and celebrate our lives as LGBTQI Catholics on Sundays at 5pm, alternating between meeting virtually on Zoom and in person at St. Stephen’s Church at 419 Shawmut Avenue in Boston’s South End.  Learn more at www.dignityboston.org
    Dignity Boston
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  • The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, kink, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, our work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression.
    The Network/La Red
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  • Queer Therapy Boston is a queer-owned practice of queer-identified psychotherapists, committed to providing informed and affirmative mental healthcare for individuals and couples/polycules statewide in MA. Check out our website at QueerTherapyBoston.com for more information or to book a consultation.
    Queer Therapy Boston
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  • All She Wrote Books is an intersectional, inclusive queer and feminist bookstore, located in Somerville, MA, that supports, celebrates, and amplifies underrepresented voices through our thoughtfully curated selection of books spanning across all genres.
    All She Wrote Books Blue sky
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  • Planning with a Scorpio is a Queer Owned (and cat obsessed!) sticker, greeting cards, and stationery shop based in Revere, MA. We aim to bring whimsy, sass, and fun to everyday items with our original illustrations.
    Planning with a Scorpio
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  • The Independent Socialist Group is an organization working to build a new socialist party, fighting in our workplaces and communities against the exploitation and injustices working people face every day under capitalism.
    The Independent Socialist Group
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  • "We are North Shore Trans Defense Network (n.s.t.d.n), and we are an organization based in Salem, Massachusetts, for the defense, support, and advocacy of the transgender community."
    North Shore Trans Defense Network (n.s.t.d.n)
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