Boston may have rejected Britain’s tea more than 200 years ago, but that doesn’t mean the city’s current residents want to miss out on a royal party.
While England is abuzz this weekend celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Boston residents will also have a chance to mark 60 years of the queen’s reign with a British-style street party on Sunday.
The party, open to the public, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the pedestrian mall outside the Old State House at the corner of State and Washington Streets.
The tradition of street parties became popular in Britain around the end of World War I to celebrate national events by decorating neighborhood streets and offering food and drink, according to the Bostonian Society
The Boston event, co-hosted by British Consul General to New England, Dr. Phil Budden, and Brian J. LeMay, president of the Bostonian Society, will feature cake and donuts from Montilio’s Baking Company and Dunkin' Donuts; performances by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; and a re-enactors of the 10th Regiment of Foot portraying British Army in Revolutionary America.