Get ready for a colorful week in Los Angeles!
Being proud is a full-time affair, but if there was any time to celebrate above-and-beyond the scale of your everyday gig – now’s the time! The city of Los Angeles attracts a crowd of 400,000 revelers annually for a vibrant celebration, otherwise known as the Los Angeles Pride Festival! The world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights was organized in 1970 by the Christopher Street West Association, a year after the Stonewall uprising in New York City. Since then, Pride has amassed a rich history as a powerful voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Beginning on the first of June and rallying into the weekend for the final Parade Day on June 9, Angelenos can paint the town in rainbow colors while enjoying a series of events, music festivals, and festive commemorations! Whether this is your first Pride or your 50th, we’ve composed a list of the celebratory gatherings happening in town that you might want to check out…
One City, One Pride
May 22 – June 30
Various dates and times
Each year WeHo commemorates pride with an arts festival and this year’s theme is, “I Remember.” The idea is to showcase the shared history, people, and events that paved the way for the LGTBQ+ community today! Learn more here.
MCM x LA Pride: Shopping Event Hosted By Bella Thorne
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
MCM Rodeo Drive
414 N Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Don’t miss out on an exclusive shopping experience in celebration of LA Pride! MCM & LA Pride invite you to experience an in-store shopping extravaganza hosted by Bella Thorne. We hear that if you spend $500, you’ll receive a custom key pouch and a meet-and-greet with Bella Thorne… though it’s pretty pricey, 20% of proceeds will benefit LA Pride. Learn more here.
Gay AF Comedy Show
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
8911 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Get your friends and don’t miss this amazing night of nonstop stand-up! Minority Reportz is putting together a show that’ll have you gasping for breath through side-splitting laughter. Your host Robin Tran is going to keep the energy up throughout the 2 hours of giggles. You’ll see Jeffrey Jay from The Comedy Store, Aidan Park from Hollywood Improv, your headliner Margaret Cho and so many more! Learn more here.
Youth Pride Dance
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST
Los Angeles LGBT Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
A free dance will be hosted at the Los Angeles LGBT center for those 24 and younger. Get your groove on at one of the most anticipated Pride events of the season! Learn more here.
Pride Prom: Lesbian & Queer Summer Formal!
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM PST
The Other Door
10437 Burbank Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91601
A new monthly lesbian night is being held by Rainbow Social that you cannot miss! Step into The Other Door – an all-inclusive lesbian and queer social club – for a night you’ll never forget. Feel like royalty on the Prom Court, snap up some memories in the photo booth and enjoy fresh and delicious food to keep your energy up! There’s going to be a bar for all of your cocktail needs and of course, a DJ spinning not stop hits. Explore the creative vendors when you need a dance break and enter the raffle draw for a chance to win a special prize. Every shade and spectrum of the LGBTQAI+ community is being celebrated at this formal and everyone is invited! Learn more here.
2019 Pride Festival
June 8 – June 9
11:00 AM – 1:00 AM PST
West Hollywood Park
Though Pride is meant to honor all the brave advocators before us in the colorful community, it’s also about letting loose and celebrating amongst like-minded souls! Share the love during the Pride Festival with headliners like Meghan Trainor and British electronic pop trio Years & Years, as well as a number of other performers! Learn more here.
The Poetry Brothel’s: Weird Wilde Pride Celebration
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST
El Cid Sunset
4212 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
The bordellos of fin-de-siecle Paris and New Orleans housed more than just women of negotiable virtue. They were also creative havens where artists could lower their inhibitions and let their imaginations run free. In that spirit, The Poetry Brothel yanks poetry out of the confines of the classroom, dusts its face with rouge, and accessories with a full bar and a sexy mix of live jazz, burlesque dancers, fortune-tellers, and painters! Learn more here.
2019 LA Pride Parade
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST
Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood
Kicking off the weekend is the 2018 LA Pride Parade. Thousands of people make their way to West Hollywood to watch and support the (comm)unity as they tell their #JUSTBE story during the parade route along Santa Monica Boulevard. Learn more here.
Be sure to plan for traffic and street closures during the weekend!
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