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!
The following is the event program for 2020. Stay tuned for the 2021 program.
Please note that due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Los Angeles Pride is postponed until June 2020.
In 2019 Los Angeles Pride Week runs from June 1-9, with the main LA Pride Festival taking place the weekend of June 8-9. This year, LA Pride will welcome the theme 'Love is Love', and honor 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising. Throughout the week leading up to the big weekend, you can expect a range of queer-related events, including a trans brunch on June 2 and a LGBT Night at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 1 and 2. LA Pride will officially open on the Friday night, June 7, at West Hollywood Park with a live performance by pop legend, Paula Abdul.
The two-day Los Angeles Gay Pride Festival will color the streets on June 8 and 9, and will not only offer DJs and live performers, but also food, drink, community programming and unique exhibitors. The Los Angeles Pride Festival takes place in and around West Hollywood Park, San Vicente Boulevard, and The Pacific Design Center Plaza. The festival will include entertainment from Years & Years, Ashanti, and Meghan Trainor.
On June 9, Santa Monica Boulevard comes alive for the annual Pride Parade, which runs from 11am to 2pm. As per usual, you can expect loads of floats and plenty of party revelers. Los Angeles 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. We hope to be seeing you there this year.