Los Angeles Pride, known as the LA Pride Parade and Festival is over 40 years old and packs in thousands from the local and wider LGBTQ community every June in the city's gayborhood, West Hollywood. Actually, Los Angeles hosted the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior.
The LA Pride Festival started in 1974 as a street fair on Sunset Blvd and Cherokee Ave, moved to West Hollywood in 1979. Today the LA Pride Festival attracts over 50,000 attendees each year with three stages, activations and non-profit booths. While LA Pride today offers an incredible party and celebration, it still remains true to its political and social foundations, and still to this day promotes the values: Be Aware, Be Inspired, Be United, Be Mindful, and Be True, each year throughout its promotion and execution.
In the past, LA Gay Pride has attracted top-name billings from the world of pop such as Joss Stone and Olivia Newton John for the after-parade party. If you want to experience a different side to LA for your next gaycation, you need to get yourself there for the city's annual Pride celebration, you won't regret it!
For full details on LA Pride 2022, be sure to check out the official event program. Happy Pride!
In 2021 Los Angeles Pride runs from June 11-13, and will comprise a reduced schedule of events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, LA Pride will welcome the theme "Thrive with Pride" which is a gentle nod to the previous year and our community's ability to remain positive, proud, and enthusiastic about LA Pride 2021. The theme also intends to highlight the fact that thriving is an act of social justice within the LGBTQ community, as confidence, resilience, self worth, and belonging is a reflection of not just surviving, but thriving.
While Los Angeles Pride usually welcomes an incredible Pride Parade which transforms Santa Monica Boulevard with colorful floats, DJs, dancing, and ample pride, LA Pride 2021 will be a little different, including two unique main acts. On Thursday, June 10, enjoy the Thrive with Pride Concert, which will be live streamed exclusively on TikTok from an iconic LA location on TikTok. The highly anticipated event will be hosted by popular musical artist, Charli XCX.
On Saturday, June 12, a second Thrive with Pride instalment will be broadcast on ABC7 from 9pm, and will comprise interviews and performances by notable members of the local LGBTQ community, including an exclusive Pride performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles from the Getty Center. For the entire month of June, Christopher Street West Association will also be partnering with Big Sunday, to bring you LA Pride Makes a Difference, which will be an initiative that will include volunteering, community service, and opportunities for you to donate to worthy local causes and organizations that benefit the LGBTQ community.
Los Angeles usually offers a dynamic and equally robust gay scene throughout the year, so it comes as no surprise that its annual LA Pride packs a punch, albeit on a lighter scale this year. In any case, we hope you'll be tuning into LA Pride 2021.