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Everything you need to know about Night on Broadway in downtown LA, including the LGBTQ stage and road closures

LOS ANGELES – The Night On Broadway celebration in downtown Los Angeles will have an LGBTQ stage with live music and performances and a bar garden.

The massive, free arts and music festival, in its fourth year, will take over a one-mile stretch of historic Broadway between First Street and Olympic Boulevard from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Night on Broadway organizers are expecting more than 75,000 people at the event, which is from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Broadway from Second to Eighth streets will close Friday 6 p.m.
  • Broadway from Temple Street to Second Street and from Eighth Street to Olympic Boulevard will close Friday 6 p.m.
  • First, Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth streets from Hill to Spring streets will close Friday 7 p.m.
  • Second, Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth streets from Hill to Spring streets will close Friday 10 p.m.
  • All roads will re-open Sunday at noon.

QUEER BLOCK PARTY

The LGBTQ block party is organized by DTLA Proud, which also organizes the annual August party that celebrates downtown’s queer community and businesses, and will be staged near the intersection of Fourth Street and Broadway.

The area is appropriate since downtown and the Pershing Square area are home to three gay bars: Bar Mattachine, Precinct, and Redline.

DTLA QUEER HISTORY

From the 1920s to the 1960s, Pershing Square was the center of “The Run,” a large collection of gay friendly cafes, bars, and cruising areas along the Fifth Street corridor, stretching from the Los Angeles Central Library to Los Angeles Street. The Fifth Street corridor was so populated with gay establishments, that during World War II, the Army and Navy distributed a list of over 30 establishments along Fifth and Main Streets where service members were forbidden to go due to their notoriety as queer venues.

LGBTQ STAGE, BEER GARDEN

The DTLA Proud stage will include live music and performances:

Several DJs are scheduled to spin in the beer garden:

Revelers at last year’s Night On Broadway celebration. This year’s party in downtown Los Angeles will have an LGBTQ stage with live music and performances and a bar garden. Photo: DTLA Proud.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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