How to Celebrate Pride in LA in 2022: Festivals, Parties and More

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When the non-profit organization Christopher Street West organized the world’s first authorized gay rights parade in June 1970, it was just a year after the police raided the gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, which led to days of climbing. violence, protests, riots and the beginnings of a widespread and interconnected gay liberation movement. Prior to the Stonewall Uprising, similar demonstrations protesting police brutality toward LGBTQ+ communities took place at Compton’s Cafeteria in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco in 1966 and at the Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake in 1967.

Although times have changed, they have not yet changed enough. Around the world, including many cities and states in America, there are efforts to deny and take away the rights of LGBTQ+ communities, especially trans people. This is why it is so important to thwart such measures by raising your voice and demonstrating your acceptance of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Now expanded from a one-day parade to an entire month full of activities, Pride is a reminder to do just that.

This year marks the return of the official Christopher Street West Pride Parade, the first since 2019, and a slightly delayed celebration of the parade’s 50th anniversary, which was in 2020. As Gerald Garth, board member of Christopher Street West, Vice President of Community Programs and Initiatives at LA Pride, puts it, “The original Pride Parade started in Hollywood, so it’s a big comeback.”

The main events are the Pride in the Park festival on June 11 and the LA Pride Parade on Sunday June 12 on Hollywood Boulevard, the site of the original parade 52 years ago.

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in LA, so you can expect activities and festivals throughout the city as well – Santa Monica Pride is back this year, as is San Fernando Valley Pride at the end of the month. Then there are the endless events, discounts and themed products – from wine to special dishes – that companies are rolling out, with many donating a portion of the proceeds to LGBTQIA+ nonprofits. Here’s everything you need to know to participate in the Pride Festival and Parade.

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Pride

Where and when will this year’s official Pride Parade take place?

The 2022 Pride Parade will take place June 12, departing at 10:30 a.m. in Hollywood and Cahuenga, then heading west to Highland, sunset and returning east at sunset to Cahuenga. It sounds confusing, but it’s basically a sideways U.

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Pride

What happens at the Parade and how do I get there?

There will be over 130 tanks, walkers, exotic cars, twirlers, performers and more. Parking in Hollywood is tough at first, and that’s before they close all those streets and thousands of revelers descend on the neighborhood. Take public transport! Hollywood and Highland station is right there.

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Pride

What should I do after the parade?

At the end of the yellow brick road from the Parade is Pride Village, a street fair on Hollywood Boulevard between Cahuenga and Vine. There will be an outdoor bar and cafe, community vendors, two DJ and performance stages, and a Ferris wheel. It runs pretty much all day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and admission is free and open to everyone. The goal, according to Garth, is for “all of these community experiences to bring Pride to life in Hollywood.”

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Pride

Is there also a festival?

On June 11 there is

Pride in the Park, a massive all-day party with music, activities, exhibits, vendors, food and plenty of drink. It’s at LA State Historic Park in Chinatown, and you should definitely take public transportation there too.

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Who is efficient?

Pride in the Park’s lineup is incredibly good, with two music scenes headlined by Christina Aguilera and Anitta. There are tons of other awesome artists like Syd, Chika, Michaela Jaé and a collaboration with Boy Untitled and Boy Apocalypse. The venue also has a food court, beer garden, low-key garden and a

erotic city.

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Pride

Do I need a ticket?

Yes, tickets are available

on line. General admission is $60 and VIP is $200 or $300. That extra cash gets you access to a few special viewing areas, a VIP entrance, a VIP lounge, premium food vendors, and best of all, luxury bathrooms.

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Pride

Something else going on?

There is so much more. West Hollywood, for example, is hosting its own Pride Festival, a street fair with a stage and parade, this weekend June 3-5.

Garth is particularly excited about Pride is Universal, an after-hours rainbow party at Universal Studios; Drag me to the Loews, a drag performance hosted by the legendary Lady Bunny; and the ongoing charity initiative Pride Makes a Difference, which kicks off on June 5 with an event collecting toiletry bags to donate to those in need.

The most important thing, Garth says, is to remember that “pride is not like any one-size-fits-all experience and doesn’t belong in any particular neighborhood.” Everyone is welcome.

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Pride

How to follow online?

The official LA Pride website is full of great resources. There are also Pride social media accounts @lapride on Instagram, Twitterand TikTok.

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Lizbeth Scord is a food and lifestyle writer who hates all parades but this one. Follow her on Instagram @modlizbethet Twitter@lalizbeth.
Ben Mesiro is an Echo Park native who writes for TV, fiction, food, and sports. At one time or another his writings have appeared in TheLos Angeles Time,liter,McSweeney’s Internet Trend,Los Angeles Magazineand engraved on dozens of desks at Walter Reed Middle School.

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