La Pride returns to its roots this weekend, with a parade that began on Hollywood Boulevard in 1970—and an A-lister of this year’s musical performances.
The Los Angeles celebration will be the largest of similar LGBTQ celebrations taking place across Southern California in June, which is officially “Pride Month.” The La Pride Parade & Festival will return to an in-person party after the past two years went virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“LA Pride sets out to celebrate together the resilience and strength of our community,” Sharon-Franklin Brown, board president of the LA Pride organizer Christopher Street West Association, said in a statement earlier this year. Wanted to share the dates. It is an incredible honor to resume such a prestigious festival for 2022.”
Pride in the Park, LA State Historic Park, 245 N. An outdoor concert at Spring St. will kick things off on Saturday, June 11 from 1 to 11 p.m., and will feature pop superstar Christina Aguilera, among other artists.
The 2022 LA Pride Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, on Hollywood Boulevard. There will also be a Pride Village on the boulevard between Cahunga Boulevard and Vine Street.
The Grand Marshal includes transgender rights advocate Sir Lady Java, actor Mark Indelicato and Los Angeles icon Paula Abdul, who rose to fame as one of the original Laker Girls and, decades later, was one of the judges on “American Idol”. .
The La Pride Parade began in June 1970 to commemorate New York City’s 1969 Stonewall Uprising.
The two-day event celebrating the LGBTQ community has since become the largest such event in Southern California — and the largest in the country — with hundreds of thousands of people gathering each year for LA Pride.
But LA Pride missed its 50th anniversary in 2020 due to the pandemic.
This year’s parade will feature more than 130 entries, including floats, marchers, trucks, exotic cars, twirlers and other performers.
The parade route will begin at Cahunga on Hollywood Boulevard, then travel south on Highland to Sunset Boulevard. The parade will travel east at sunset before returning to Cahuenga.
This is the original venue for the parade.
“We considered several options for the parade, both traditional and progressive,” Gerald Garth, CSW’s vice president of programs and initiatives, said in a statement earlier this year. “Hollywood was a natural choice 50 years ago to honor Los Angeles as the original landmark for the first protest about what Pride really means and where Pride will go in the future.”
However, La Pride isn’t the only way to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ community this month.
Long Beach will host the region’s other major parades and festivities from July 8 to 10, after the past two years of going virtual.
The July dates are a change from the time when Long Beach Pride typically took place, which is May. Long Beach Pride began in 1984 and generally attracts more than 75,000 people.
Organizers have said the change is intended to allow celebrants to enjoy views of the beautiful city of Long Beach with warmer and longer days.
The parade, on Sunday, July 10, coincides with the 37th iteration of Long Beach.
The three-day Long Beach Festival will include a rainbow roller rink, a silent disco, community walls for guests, and a drag makeup glam squad—which can give a full makeover, or just a quick touch up. There will also be family- and senior-specific areas.
Pride will also feature the Transcendence Dome, a pop-up museum that will pay tribute to transgender women of color who pioneered the festival.
And Long Beach has some music majors of its own: Rapper Iggy Azalea and Spanish singer-songwriter Natalia Jimenez will headline this year’s festival.
“This year’s Long Beach Pride will be our biggest,” said Elsa Martinez, president of Long Beach Pride, in a press release, “and will become the gold standard for Pride festivals around the world.”
Pride Month activities aren’t just reserved for those two weekends.
For example, San Pedro Pride is on June 18 from 1 to 9 p.m. at 425 W. Fifth St. will sponsor a Pride Flag, which will be hoisted at Sixth Street and Harbor Boulevard near the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.
Catalina Island’s first large-scale pride ceremony will also take place on the same day. Catalina Pride will take place at Avalon from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature a march and live entertainment.
And then, on June 24, La Pride will return with an after-hours party at Universal Studios. That party will be from 4 pm to 1 pm
But while La Pride’s festival and parade are free, tickets to the Universal Studios party—and other Pride-related events—are required.
It also costs money to attend the Long Beach Pride Festival.
For details about the LA or Long Beach Pride Parade, visit lapride.org or longbeachpride.com.