Roller disco event honors Donna Summer

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Hundreds of skaters came to City Hall Plaza for the “Roller Disco Tribute Party,” which commemorated Donna Summer.

By Andy Rosen Globe Staff  

Boston honored its own Donna Summer, the disco icon whose hits included “MacArthur Park” and “Love to Love You Baby,” on Friday evening with a musical celebration in City Hall Plaza.

The “Roller Disco Tribute Party” commemorated Summer, a five-time Grammy winner who died in 2012 at 63. Though she left Boston for New York early in her career, Summer became one of the most commercially successful artists from the Hub.


Between 300 and 400 people attended the celebration, according to Kate Norton, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“We had a great crowd of people, and the music was fantastic,” Norton said.

The event, which ran from 6 to 10 p.m., featured Dorchester artist DJ Kon, who played disco and funk music “on a mobile dance floor art installation.”

Noted drag queens Frieda Fries and Nicholle Pride of Perestroika also modeled some of Summer’s fashion selections at the celebration.

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Sheila Connolly of South Boston skated with her daughter, Joanne McGuinness.

Globe Correspondent Rachel Riley contributed to this report.