Public officials from several communities north of Boston are set to march in the Second Annual North Shore Pride Parade on Saturday, kicking off from Riley Plaza on 2 Margin Street in Salem .
The parade will start at 12 p.m. and turn right on Norman Street heading down towards New Derby Street. It will then continue onto Derby Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, where it will end at Salem Common for the North Shore Pride Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the second year that Salem has hosted the North Shore Pride Parade and Festival, and comes on the heels of the US Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The decision restored the federal rights and benefits for legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts and any state which has legalized marriage equality.
On Tuesday, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll announced that Salem would soon participate in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index with the goal of achieving a 100 percent score for the inclusivity of the city's laws, policies and practices, according to a statement from the mayor's office. To that end, Driscoll and Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker announced the designation of the first two official LGBT Community Liaisons for the City of Salem.
Subsequent to the parade, there will be an afternoon of entertainment on Salem Common following Driscoll’s proclamation of Saturday, as “North Shore Pride Day” in the City of Salem.
At 11:45 a.m. the parade route streets will be closed and will re-open immediately after the parade at approximately 1 p.m.
The Riley Plaza parking lot will be closed to vehicles on Saturday morning beginning at 8 a.m. All vehicles must be removed from the parking lot.
No parking tow zones from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. will be posted on Margin Street between Gedney Street and Norman Street, as well as Washington Square South around the Salem Common.
Traffic delays are expected and motorists should seek alternate routes during this time.
For more information go to http://northshorepride.org/.