Pride Week is Here

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DOMA was declared unconstitutional just in time for today’s Boston Pride Week flag-raising kickoff at City Hall Plaza. Pride events go through Sunday, June 10 — the parade steps off next Saturday at noon (Mix 104.1’s Fast Freddy and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition will be the Grand Marshals).

Here are some highlights:

– Saturday, June 2: Pride Day
Drag queen Raquel Blake hosts a day of music and dance at Faneuil Hall. Performers include the Mike Nolan Band, Sarah Walk, and Three Slap Bracelets (best band name ever!). 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

– Wednesday, June 6: Pride Idol
Think you’ve got the right stuff, baby? Compete for $500 and a chance to sing at City Hall Plaza on June 9 at the new Revere Hotel. Saucy comedian and self-described “drag debutante” Hedda Lettuce is the evening’s ringleader, and the Track Gals will make an appearance. 6:30 p.m.

– Thursday, June 7: Pam Ann
Pam Ann’s top plane travel tip? “For goodness sake, make sure you check your pockets for leftover cocaine bags before you walk through security” — or at least that’s what she told Out magazine in an interview before her shows at XL Cabaret in New York last week. The saucy air hostess touches down at Wilbur Theater this week for a single performance. 6:30 p.m.

– Saturday, June 9: Youth Dance
Under-21 parade goers should decamp to this superhero-themed after party in the upper rotunda of Quincy Market. Bonus: If you get hungry, tasty cookies from the Boston Chipyard are just downstairs. 7-11 p.m.

– Sunday, June 10: Block Parties
Jamaica Plain and the Back Bay get in on the celebration with neighborhood shindigs. Dyke Night will host the JP luau on Perkins Street from 12-7 p.m. Don your flip-flops and check out the “Dog and Drag Fashion Show” (drag queens preen on the catwalk with pups available for adoption), five DJs spinning reggae, socca, mashups and more, and family-friendly activities. The Back Bay bash will take over St. James Street from 12-8 p.m.