WEST HOLLYWOOD—Los Angeles is one of dozens of cities around the world celebrating gay pride this week to commemorate the Stonewall Riot that took place at a gay bar in Manhattan on June 28, 1969. The annual Gay Pride Parade is put on by the Christopher Street West Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to join people from the LGBT community all over the globe through a vibrant festival of musical talents, artists, events and education.
Starting June 12 and continuing through June 14, West Hollywood will be the headquarters for the colorful weekend. LA Pride offers an array of activities, kicking off Friday at 5 p.m. with the “Lavender Menace” event, an official celebration of women and the advancements they have made in LGBT community. The marquee event is the Dyke March starting at 7 p.m.
The festivities on Saturday at noon will draw to a close at midnight then continue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Pride Parade will get rolling at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Heights Boulevard.
Stage performers include Kesha, Angel Haze, Ivy Levan, Ciara and Kat Deluna. According to the LA Pride website, nearly 300 booths will be lining the streets exhibiting local gay-friendly businesses and art. Other events include, a Transtation, a Latino Carnival, an Exotic City and a Youth Space. Admission to the festival is $20 per day.
The 33rd annual Pride Run, a 5K and 10K event, will take place on Sunday, June 14.