Rainbow flags will be flying throughout the city for Boston Pride Week 2014, the annual event that celebrates LGBT culture and the LGBT community. The theme of this year's Boston Pride Week is "Be Yourself, Change the World," which organizers say encourages the LGBT community to embrace everyone's unique qualities while working together to make the world a better place.

Planned for Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 15 (which is technically more than a week, but hey, why not keep the party going an extra couple of days?), there will be a variety of events. Note that all events are rain or shine.

The highlight of the week will take place on Saturday, June 14 when the 44th annual Boston Pride Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. in Copley Square. Governor Deval Patrick will serve as one of the parade's grand marshals. Dating back to 1970, it is one of the oldest parades of its kind.

The parade will end at City Hall Plaza, which will be the location of the Boston Pride Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 14 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be entertainment and over 130 vendors, including food stands, advocacy groups, merchants, and health services organizations. A family zone will feature animals from Zoo New England, face painting, and other activities.

Among other events will be Pride Night @ Fenway Park on Thursday, June 12 starting at 7 p.m. when the Red Sox take on the Indians, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and block parties scheduled for the final day, Sunday, June 15 in the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain. For details about these and all Pride Week events, visit the Boston Pride Web site.

Organizations in the community will be celebrating Boston Pride Week. For example, the Red Lantern in the Back Bay will be presenting a special Pride Week menu from June 8 to June 15 and Empire in the Seaport District will host O.P.E.N., an Out Professional Executive Networking event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

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