Did you know the first Pride Parade in the world got its start right here in Los Angeles in 1970, on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in NYC? At the time, they had no idea that what they had created would expand throughout the world; they were simply a group of people standing up for equality and love. After overcoming some absolutely insane early obstacles, such as permit denials and police hostility, LA Pride now attracts crowds of over 400,000 and is still one of the biggest Pride Parades in the country– and if that’s not something to be proud of, we don’t know what is!
This Sunday, however, the Pride Parade tradition will be replaced by another, equally important symbol of equality– the #ResistMarch. The protest is being done in solidarity with simultaneous Pride Marches all over the nation, including New York, Austin, Seattle and D.C., and aims to carry the torch sparked by the Women’s March in January (AKA, this will go down in history, so you’re gonna want to be a part of it).
Want to join the hundreds of thousands of Angelenos heading out to celebrate human rights, diversity and self-expression all weekend long? Here are our tips for the traffic jams, the road closures and events, so you’re in the know about getting to LA Pride 2017!
When West Hollywood throws a party, it doesn’t just last for a day or for the weekend, it lasts all week long! Here’s a look at the incredible LA Pride 2017 events coming up:
- The City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (through the end of the month): Happening until the end of the month, One City One Pride consists of interactive, performing and visual art events that are mostly FREE! What could be better than that?! List of event dates and more info HERE.
- Pride is Universal at Universal Studios (Friday, June 9th): Celebrate your pride with all-day access to Universal Studios theme park starting at 9 am, plus an exclusive after-hours buyout experience from 9 pm to 1 am. At the celebration, you’ll have access to the entire park and all rides, DJ entertainment, dance venues, cash bars, character meet and greets, and more! More info and tickets HERE.
- LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium (Friday, June 9th): Baseball fans rejoice! The LA Dodgers will host their fifth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday vs. CIN at 7:10 pm. Couldn’t be more stoked about this event? A special package that includes a game ticket and an exclusive Dodger LGBT Tee Shirt is available HERE.
- Dyke March (Friday, June 9th): This weekend’s festivities will kick off at Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial (8447 Santa Monica Boulevard) with the annual Dyke March on Friday. Starting at 6 pm with spinning by Claudette Sexy, the dancing will be followed by a rally at 7 pm. At 8 pm, it will hit the streets, winding down Santa Monica Boulevard to San Vicente Boulevard and back. More info HERE.
- Trans Party & Awards (Friday, June 9th): Also on Friday night (yeah, you’re gonna be busy), is the 7th Annual Trans Party. The celebration will start at 7 pm, featuring music and DJ performances by DJ EZ, Shea Diamon, Laura & Nikki Lunden, and more. Awards will be given to Justing Tranter, Alexander Grey, Alex Schmider and Maria Roman. Grab free admission at San Vincente and Melrose! More info HERE.
- AIDS/LifeCycle Arrival (Saturday, June 10th): On Saturday between 11 am and 5 pm, an estimated 2,500 AIDS/LifeCycle riders will cycle through WeHo to celebrate their completion of a 545-mile journey from SF to LA to raise funds for HIV/AIDS. So go ahead, get out there and cheer them on (if anyone deserves it, they do) as they pedal between Doheny Drive and Ogden Drive and make their way to the finish line and closing ceremony at Fairfax High School. More info HERE.
- LA Pride Festival (Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th): Head over to West Hollywood Park (647 N. San Vicente Boulevard) on Saturday, 12 pm to 1 am and Sunday, 11 am to 11 pm and join your fellow Angelenos in dancing the days away in celebration! The three-stage event, headlined by Brandy and Chromeo, will feature tons of incredible artists, entertainment and food. Advanced tickets are $25 and can be purchased HERE.
- #ResistMarch (Saturday, June 11th): This year, a new tradition emerges. In place of the annual Pride Parade, the #ResistMarch will gather on Sunday at 8 am at Hollywood and Highland and proceed to Santa Monica Boulevard and Almont Drive in WeHo. Friendly reminder: be sure not to bring alcohol, backpacks or weapons, and only clear plastic bags will be permitted. More info HERE.
WeHo has announced it will suspend enforcement of permit parking for Pride weekend from 4 pm on Friday, June 9th, to 12 pm on Monday, June 12th, which is great news! The bad news is that all metered parking will still be enforced. What’s even more of a bummer? In Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills all parking restrictions will be enforced. Plus, don’t even think about parking along the #ResistMarch route, unless you’re into being towed.
While Lyft, Uber, Metro Red Line (exit Hollywood and Highland station. However, in case of overcrowding, consider exiting at Hollywood and Vine and walking west a few blocks), Pride Ride (WeHo’s free shuttle) or bussing it are all options, prepare yourself for either ridiculous surges, insane commutes or miles of walking.
Not to fear, the solution is Pavemint! We think driving is still the best solution to get to the festivities early and beat the rush (I mean, who doesn’t love coming and going on their own time)! Plus, with 24-hour parking options, the celebration can continue long past dark. Even better? Download the iOS app and use coupon code: PAVERPRIDE at checkout to get free parking for Saturday and Sunday at any space valued at $60 or less!
There will be tons of road closures in the days surrounding the LA Pride 2017 celebrations, so be sure to use an app like Waze if you plan on navigating the streets! More up-to-date info on traffic HERE.
Starting Thursday night, the following street closures will continue through the weekend:
- San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica and Melrose Avenue– 7 pm on Thursday, June 8th, through 10 am on Monday, June 12th.
- West Hollywood Park is closed and will re-open after 6 pm on Wednesday, June 14th.
- West Hollywood Library will be closed from 7 pm on Thursday, June 8th until 11 am on Monday, June 12th.
- West Hollywood Pool is closed and will re-open on Monday, June 19th.
The following street closures will take place on Sunday, June 11th only:
- Santa Monica Boulevard, plus all streets one block north and one block south from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard will be closed from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
- Fairfax Avenue from Sunset to Santa Monica will be closed from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
For more 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.
City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride —www.weho.org/pride
Christopher Street West (CSW) / LA Pride —www.lapride.org
Have some tips and tricks on getting to LA Pride 2017 that we didn’t include? Let us know! We’ll see you dancing and marching this weekend!
(Header image by Tony Webster)