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Where to go for Boston Pride events this weekend

Alan Goostray cheered marchers in Boston's annual Pride Parade last year. This year’s parade begins noon Saturday, with festivities continuing throughout the weekend.
Alan Goostray cheered marchers in Boston's annual Pride Parade last year. This year’s parade begins noon Saturday, with festivities continuing throughout the weekend.(Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)

FRIDAY

GLAAD Pride Kickoff Party

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) hosts a classy kickoff in the Revere Hotel's Emerald Lounge. Drink Ketel One cocktails and stuff your face with hors d'oeuvres.  Emerald Lounge, 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $25. RSVP at www.glaad.org/events

SATURDAY

Pride Parade and Festival

Join in the festivities and celebrate the sunny weather parading from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza, then strolling through the festival. Eccentric costumes and flags encouraged.  Copley Square to City Hall Plaza, noon-6 p.m. www.bostonpride.org

Post-Parade Block Parties

The men take over Boston's Chandler and Berkeley streets for an outdoor dance party featuring DJ Darrin Friedman and producer-and-DJ JST. Proceeds benefit the AIDS Action Committee. For the women, the Esme Block Party fills the alley at 1 Boylston Place, with DJ Linda Lowell keeping the beats going.  Chandler Street, 1:30-7 p.m. 21+ Cover: $15. www.aac.org/events/blockparty.html; One Boylston Place, 2 p.m., www.lesbiannightlife.com

Boston Pride Youth Dance

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Right after the festival, the under-21 crowd can rally in the Quincy Market Upper Rotunda for a superhero-theme party. For $5, underage partiers can meet, greet, dance, and celebrate.  Quincy Market, 7-11 p.m. Cover: $5. www.bostonpride.org

Marchers paraded through the streets of Boston during the Gay/Straight Youth Pride in 2003.
Marchers paraded through the streets of Boston during the Gay/Straight Youth Pride in 2003.(David Kamerman/Globe Staff)

Women's Lush Party

Going into its fourth year, Machine's Lush Party sells out every year. Four bars, two dance floors, pool lounge, gravity-defying pole dancers, go-go dancers, and local DJ talent.  Machine, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. 21+ Advance tickets (recommended): $15 online, $20 at the box
office. www.machine-boston.com

Fur and Gold

For the bear-inclined gents, mosey on over to the Alley Bar for Fur and Gold, the self-proclaimed "biggest Pride kickoff party." Sean Johnson hosts the night, featuring DJ Brent Covington and DJ Taffy spinning just about every genre of music. Come prepared with your favorite Kylie Minogue song requests. Alley Bar, 14 Pi Alley, Boston. 10 p.m. 21+ Free. www.thealleybar.com

Epic Saturdays

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Internationally acclaimed DJ Hector Fonseca takes over the House of Blues. His style is mostly house and techno, but there are also tribal touches and remixes galore, bound to devastate the shirtless throngs.  House of Blues, 10 p.m. 21+ Tickets: $20. www.houseofblues.com

SUNDAY

Pride Block Party: JP Edition

Wrap up Pride Week on a high note at one of the two outdoor block parties. Head to Perkins Street in Jamaica Plain for a day featuring family-friendly fun. Highlights include the Dogs and Drag Fashion Show, and performances from DJs Shelly Cullen, Double D, Super Squirrel, Msladyj and LeahV.  Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, noon-7 p.m. All ages. $10 donation to Boston Pride.

Pride Block Party: Back Bay Edition

This year's Back Bay Block Party — typically the anchor and climactic end of Pride Week — has been relocated to St. James Avenue. The event features entertainment, food, bare skin, and flag waving. Tracy Young returns as DJ.  St. James Avenue, noon-8 p.m. www.bostonpride.com

Queen Size Hot Mess Pride Finale

Round out the weekend by carting all your newly acquired friends to the finale event at Royale Nightclub. Dance to pop and house music spun by Richie LaDue. Dress to impress.  Royale, 279 Tremont St., 21+ 10 p.m. www.gaymafiaboston.com