WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood and Christopher Street West (CSW) will present the 2017 Los Angeles Pride Celebration from Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11, according to a press release from Joshua Schare, Public Information Officer for the city of West Hollywood. Thousands of people will gather for the LA Pride Festival and #ResistMarch, and to celebrate the LGBTQ community through the One City One Pride Arts Festival, which began in May and will be held throughout June. For more information, visit www.weho.org/pride.
The weekend will kick off on Friday, June 9, at 6 p.m. with the annual Dyke March at the Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial, at 8447 Santa Monica Boulevard. Claudette Sexy DJ will perform a live set, and artist Julianna Parr will lead a protest-sign and pin-making workshop. A rally will begin at 7 p.m., and the Dyke March will start at 8 p.m., heading down Santa Monica Boulevard to San Vicente Boulevard and back. The march will be led by the Nasty Women’s Drum Circle of Long Beach.
The 7th Annual Trans Party will also take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, with performances by DJ Breezy EZ, Shea Diamon, Jaden Fields, and others. Special awards will be given to Justin Tranter, Alexandra Grey, Alex Schmider, and Maria Roman. The Trans Party will take place at West Hollywood Park at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard, along with a #SIZZLE sober event. For more information, visit www.lapride.org.
On Saturday, June 10, about 2,500 AIDS/LifeCycle riders will travel through West Hollywood to celebrate the completion of their 7-day, 545-mile bicycle journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard will be reduced to a single lane between Doheny Drive and Ogden Drive. Community members are invited to cheer on cyclists as they ride through the city on their way to the finish line and closing ceremony at Fairfax High School. For more information, visit www.aidslifecycle.org.
CSW’s LA Pride Festival will take place on Saturday, June 10, from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., at the West Hollywood Park at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Attendees can enjoy music and entertainment on three stages. Advance tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.lapride.org.
The #ResistMarch will take the place of the annual LA Pride Parade on Sunday, June 11. People will gather at 8 a.m. at Hollywood and Highland, and the march will continue on to the city of West Hollywood at Santa Monica Boulevard and Almont Drive. Only clear plastic bags will be allowed, and no alcohol, backpacks, or weapons will be permitted. The #ResistMarch aims to promote unity, diversity, and human rights. For more information, visit www.resistmarch.org.
The following facilities and streets will be closed in the days surrounding Pride celebrations:
- San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 through 10 a.m. on Monday, June 12.
- West Hollywood Park will be closed from 6 a.m. on Monday, June 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14.
- West Hollywood Library will be closed from 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 12.
- West Hollywood Pool will be closed from Monday, June 5 through Sunday, June 18 and will re-open on Monday, June 19.
The following #ResistMarch street closures will take place on Sunday, June 11:
- Santa Monica Boulevard, and all streets one block north and one block south, from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to Genesse Avenue will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Fairfax Avenue, from Sunset Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Enforcement of permit parking will be suspended in West Hollywood from Friday, June 9, at 4 p.m. to Monday, June 12, at 12 p.m. All metered parking will be enforced. All parking restrictions must be observed if parking occurs outside the boundaries of West Hollywood.
Limited public parking may be available at the Pacific Design Center, located at 8687 Melrose Avenue; Kings Road Parking Structure, located at 8383 Santa Monica Boulevard; Hancock Parking Structure, located at 901 Hancock Avenue; and Palm Lot, located at 815 Palm Avenue.
The city of West Hollywood’s free shuttle to Hollywood and Highland, CityLineX, and West Hollywood’s free weekend ride along Santa Monica Boulevard, The PickUp, will combine to become Pride Ride. The service will operate on Friday, June 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m., with service to and from Hollywood and Highland ending at about 9 p.m. On Saturday, June 10, passengers can utilize Pride Ride from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., with service to and from Hollywood and Highland ending at about 1 a.m.
On Sunday, June 11, beginning at 7 a.m., CityLineX vehicles will depart regularly to transport residents to the #ResistMarch at Hollywood and Highland. Pride Ride will provide eastbound service after the march. Route details will be available online prior to the march. For more information, visit www.wehopickup.com or www.weho.org/cityline.
Attendees can also take one of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) bus lines that connect to West Hollywood. Visit www.metro.net for more information on bus lines and service hours. Post service advisories regarding route changes for the weekend can be found at www.metro.net/service/advisories.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
- City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride — www.weho.org/pride
- Christopher Street West (CSW) / LA Pride — www.lapride.org
- #ResistMarch — www.resistmarch.org
For additional information, please contact the city of West Hollywood at (323) 848-6400. For people who are deaf or hearing-impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.