L.A. Pride Parade and Festival (June 9-10, 2018) is one of the world’s largest pride parades. It’s more than a celebration of LGBTQ civil rights, although the oppression of the LGBTQ community inspired it. It’s organized by the Christopher Street West Association, which organized the first permitted parade in response to the Stonewall Rebellion (read: riots) in NYC on June 28, 1969.
The vibrant festival consists of LA Sparks Pride Night & Women’s Party, a Trans Party, LGBT Night at Dodgers Stadium, the West Hollywood Dyke March, the weekend Festival, and the Parade (which returned to its roots and repositioned itself as a Resist March in 2017). Resistance was peaceful, by the way.
The Sunday parade is free; festival tickets, which cover all events on all three stages on Saturday and Sunday, are $35.
Sunday’s march/parade/protest starts at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave. and ends in West Hollywood near the festival grounds. Book hotels early (many have good deals) and do yourself a favor: come early and/or stay late.
West Hollywood’s other big annual event is Halloween Carnaval. And don’t forget to check out West Hollywood: A Short History of WeHo’s LGBTQ World and why it matters.