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 by the Washington, DC 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
Want to get involved?See how
Boston Dyke MarchJune 10 2022 Parkman Bandstand on the Common
The Boston Dyke March is returning to our regular format in 2022.
Boston Dyke FestOct 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!
Boston Dyke MarchJune 12 2020 CANCELLED Parkman Bandstand on the Common
The 2020 Boston Dyke March was cancelled due to COVID-19
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.
Training is required for Dyke Patrol volunteers.
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.
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 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.
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 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.