Who doesn't like ice cream? And (most) people like marriage. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 17, Belmont residents will have the chance to mix the two at the state's only continuously-held event to celebrate marriage equality.
The 9th annual Freedom to Marry Ice Cream Social – which will be held on the Town Common/Wellington Station adjacent to First Church Unitarian Universalist, Belmont at the corner of Common Street and Concord Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – recognizes the day in 2004 when same-sex couples were first granted marriage licenses in Massachusetts, and when the first Ice Cream Social celebration was held.
“On May 17, 2004, late night celebrations were being held all over the Commonwealth,” recalls event organizer Donna Ruvolo.
“We wanted to do something different. By holding a daytime event, we were able to come together with the countless individuals and families in Belmont – gay and straight – that recognized and supported marriage equality. It was, and still is, a true community celebration.”
The event features unlimited free scoops of ice cream, as well a wedding cake with couples of every configuration. The musical talents of Boston’s Freedom Trail Band, a group of gay and lesbian adult musicians, and a few local, independent high school garage bands are also featured.
“The Ice Cream Social is one of the few events in town where you see high-schoolers, senior citizens, young families and empty nesters coming together” Ruvolo added.
“It is a spring tradition for Belmont and our neighboring communities, and everyone is welcome.”
The event is co-sponsored by: The Belmont Gay Straight Alliance Committee of Belmont Against Racism; the Belmont High School Gay Straight Alliance; Beth El Temple Center; First Church Unitarian Universalist, Belmont; the Town of Belmont Human Rights Commission, and the Town of Belmont Vision Implementation Committee.