March and dance down the streets of L.A. with the LGBT community and re-live history by re-tracing the footsteps of the worlds first ever Gay Pride Parade.
- When? 10 - 11 June 2017
- Where? West Hollywood Park, Los Angeles
- Price: Free
Don your sparkly glitter, dig out that rainbow flag and get ready to celebrate a momentous occasion in LGBT history; Los Angeles Pride doesn't do boring.
June sees Los Angeles' annual Gay Pride take over West Hollywood Park for a whole weekend. First held on June 28 in 1970 along Hollywood Boulevard, the parade was the very first Gay Pride parade in the world, debuting after LGBT Metropolitan Church Founder Reverend Troy Perry successfully battled for permission to parade in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in New York the previous year.
The event, held this year between June 10th and 12th, sees almost half a million locals and visitors take to the streets of L.A. to kick off the celebrations with a parade along Santa Monica Boulevard which lasts for approximately three hours. Think rainbows, bright clothes, face paints, feathers and sequins.
There’s also a music festival across the course of the weekend which always draws some big names. In 2016, the main stage saw big name acts such as Carly Rae Jepson and Charli XCX bringing the party to revellers.
Aside from the festival itself, LA Pride brings a host of celebrations to local bars such as The Abbey and Skybar. Not only that, the One City One Pride LGBT Arts Festival begin the celebrations on Harvey Milk Day, May 22nd, to mark the beginning of Pride Month. In 2016, the theme ‘Into the Streets’ - inspired by the LGBT rally cry ‘Out of the Closet, Into the Streets’ - delivered performances from Vox Femina, talks on West Hollywood’s attitude towards the LGBT community and just for fun activities such as costume making and photo shoots.
This event will be one for the history books. Plus, it's a good reason to showcase your sparkly eccentric side (no dull colours allowed).
- Get there: West Hollywood Park is easily accessed by bus, but visitors could also take a taxi to the venue.
- Stay: The park is to the west of the city, so look for accommodation in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood to be close by. If your budget won't stretch to that, we suggest downtown L.A.
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