JP to march in Pride Parade

Jamaica Plain residents are invited to join a neighborhood-specific contingent of marchers in the June 9 Boston Pride Parade downtown, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

“To me, the Boston Pride Parade has always been missing something. That something is neighborhood representation,” said JP resident Randall Engleman, who is organizing the JP marchers.

Engleman is calling his effort the “JP Pride Float” in hopes of one day having a float. But for now, he has bought 50 LGBT pride flags and is inviting anyone from JP to walk in the parade with his group. He said people are free to bring other gear and the only requirement is that they wear a white shirt.

“Whatever flag they fly in JP, bring it along,” Engleman said.

The marchers will organize at 11 a.m. in the Back Bay’s Copley Square, where the parade will begin.

Engleman, who is known locally as a real estate agent, said he hopes the JP effort will inspire other neighborhood-based marchers in future Pride Parades.

For more information, find “JP Pride Float” on Facebook.

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